Working together to prevent waste from reaching the oceans.
Retulp works with several charities, including Club Kakatua. This is a charity born out of the need for tangible projects. Its goal is to make the planet greener and healthier. Club Kakatua raises money through donations, the sale of gift cards and by working together with partners.
Together with Club Kakatua, Retulp will realize a trash barrier in a river in Indonesia every year. This ensures that the waste is stopped so it can't get into the oceans. In this way we can ensure together that the plastic soup is cleaned up.
Single-use plastic is a global problem and nowhere are the consequences more apparent than in Asia. One of the biggest reasons that the oceans are polluted on a massive scale is the fact that all streams, brooks and rivers eventually end up in the sea. On the way to the ocean, the water takes all the garbage that has been thrown into the rivers with it, with all the consequences of that. We want to counteract this with trash barriers. They are a kind of bridge that allows the water to flow through, but at the same time stops all the waste.
Collaboration Club Kakatua
Club Kakatua's mission is to help as quickly as possible by funding these barriers. A medium sized barrier costs 4500 euros to build, construct, maintain for a year and clean weekly. Retulp donates this amount every year to place one trash barrier each year. In this way, mountains of waste are stopped that would otherwise end up in the oceans.
1 barrier = 20 tons of waste avoided in oceans
How does such a trash barrier work? During the rainy season a barrier is emptied every day after which the waste is recycled or processed. Outside the rainy season this is done weekly. The barriers ensure that thousands of kilos of waste never reach the ocean and in the meantime they also help to provide much needed jobs for locals, and all that for relatively little money! The first barrier is now in the water and prevents 24/7 that plastic and other waste ends up in the ocean, the second one is currently being built. A medium-sized barrier can stop up to 20 tons of waste per year. 20,000 kilos, that's quite a lot. Without a barrier, all that plastic will end up in the ocean. Once a barrier is in place, the installation is maintained and cleaned weekly. The more barriers, the more plastic we can clean up!
Cause plastic catches
Extra nice in this collaboration is the research done as a result of the plastic 'catches'. Every quarter they publish which brands they have encountered most often in the waste. From Coca Cola to Nestlé, and from Unilever to Danone. These reports give a fantastic opportunity to put extra pressure on these multinationals that are responsible for this pollution. Cleaning up is good, and it absolutely must be done, but the best thing we can achieve is to make sure that the single-use plastic tap is finally turned off!
You can make a contribution through a simple one-time donation.
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