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The Great Bubble Barrier

Daily littering contributes to the plastic soup in the oceans. Once in the water, this plastic causes choking of animals, damage to boats and its small particles end up in our drinking water. A problem we all contribute to*. All that plastic builds up first in our canals, canals and rivers. The largest part we do not even see because it disappears below the water surface. The Great Bubble Barrier takes on this problem close to the source, here, in our rivers. A Bubble Barrier is a barrier for plastic, but allows fishing and ships to pass unimpeded. This way, this solution can be applied everywhere and continuously and we will clean the entire width and depth of the river again.

Extensive testing in Deltares facilities has shown that our idea works. The first test plant in the IJssel will soon be placed. After that we plan to take The Great Bubble Barrier to the canals and channels close to you. We all contribute to the problem, let's all contribute to the solution as well. With your donation we can get the plastic out of the water even before it reaches our oceans. The Great Bubble Barrier: a smart solution to plastic pollution

* If a plastic bag is accidentally dropped out of your pocket, when you take out your phone while cycling. If you leave your coffee cup in a hurry at the station. Or when you are at a festival, the floor is littered with plastic cups and a whole bunch of cups ends up in the picturesque lake on the festival grounds.

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Clean oceans & a better future for all life on earth

Help us diminish the plastic soup. Your support will contribute to the first permanent and fully operational Bubble Barrier.

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A bubbly thank you note

With your help, together we’ll achieve a bubbly solution to plastic free oceans. For this you deserve a bubbly reward! Our digital and personal thank you note will be bubbling for eternity, because we (and the oceans) are eternally grateful to you.

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Your own bubbles!

Did you know that straws are in the top 10 of ocean plastics? To reduce the number of straws ending up in nature Straw-by-Straw makes straws from straw. Like a straw was meant to be! To thank you for your donation you will receive 15 straw, straws. Less plastic in our oceans and more bubbles in your drink!

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Bubbly shout out with your name at the next Bubble Barrier!


At the launch of the next Bubble Barrier your name will be put in the spotlights. Do you like surprises? Contribute to cleaner oceans and a bubbly surprise will head your way!

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Gather plastic from the Amsterdam Canals with Plastic Whale

Plastic Whale organiseert rondvaarten in Amsterdam, waarbij je zelf een bijdrage kan leveren aan schonere grachten door te vissen op plastic! Plastic Whale bouwt van dit plastic nieuwe sloepen voor nog meer rondvaarten. Wij hebben per donatie van €60 een plekje in de boot beschikbaar. Wees er snel bij, want we hebben maar twee boten van 8 personen beschikbaar. Enne.. wellicht voert de tour wel langs de volgende Bubble Barrier?

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Swimming with bubbles!

As soon as the next Bubble Barrier is operational you will get the chance to experience the fate of a piece of marine litter approaching the Bubble Barrier. The bubbliest swim you’ll ever take!

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Guppy Friend!

Every time you wash your synthetic clothes, micro plastics are released into the water supply. They flush through rivers into the oceans where they are ingested by fish and other sea life, this obviously is very harmful. There is a solution, the GuppyFriend! The GuppyFriend is a washing bag that blocks the micro fibers from your clothes. It’s three birds with one stone: bubbles, clean laundry and happy fish!

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Power Kite lesson from the Plastic Soup Surfer

Merijn Tinga, a.k.a. ‘The Plastic Soup Surfer’ crossed the North Sea on his kitesurf board made of plastic waste to raise awareness for plastic pollution. The Plastic Soup Surfer supports bubbles in rivers by offering Power Kite lessons to the generous donor of this amount.

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Experience the Plastic Soup in the Plastic Soup SUP Tour by the Plastic Soup Surfer

The Plastic Soup Surfer is the master of Stand-Up-Paddling. On his board made of plastic waste he paddled from the origin of the Rhine river all the way to the North Sea. On his way he showed the world the problem of plastic pollution on rivers that will end up in the oceans. The Plastic Soup Surfer supports bubbles in rivers by taking a select group of donors for a SUP Tour in the Amsterdam Canals. Don’t hesitate, there are only a few spots available!

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Plastic vissen met 8 personen in de Amsterdamse Grachten met Plastic Whale

Plastic Whale organiseert rondvaarten in Amsterdam, waarbij je zelf een bijdrage kan leveren aan schonere grachten door te vissen op plastic! Plastic Whale bouwt van dit plastic nieuwe sloepen voor nog meer rondvaarten. Wij hebben voor deze donatie een volledige eigen sloep ter beschikking, dus perfect voor een bedrijfs- of familieuitje. En wellicht voert de tour wel langs de volgende Bubble Barrier?

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Presentation by the founders of The Great Bubble Barrier

We love talking about The Great Bubble Barrier for any occasion. However, to get the three of us on the same stage is something special. For a generous donation, we are able to make some time and you’ll get a personal Great Bubble Barrier presentation. Note that the first donator gets this for €1000, the second for €1500 and so on. Don’t wait too long!

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