Delighted to have been able to join the Plastics Origins expedition launched by Surfrider Foundation on the Rhine, an opportunity to discover the app developed by Antoine Brugge to count and map the plastic waste on rivers, a well suited tool for paddlers.
Despite the rain and numerous mosquitoes, the team of volunteers from Surfrider headquarters and from Surfrider Bas-Rhin were able to paddle on the Brunnwasser and Rhin Tortu, and enjoyed a gorgeous green bivouac by the water.
The Plastic Origins app allows you to choose your mode of travel - on foot or on the water, the shore side, then click on one of the 8 categories listed each time a waste is found. At the end of the session, data are available on a map, allowing to then classify rivers in green, orange, and red, depending on the density of litter observed.
Watertrek intends to use this tool on a more regular basis during our next SUP expeditions.