The plastic soup: Sea creatures have their stomachs full of it and so do we. We consume about one credit card of plastic per week. The ingredients of the plastic soup come from us: (open) garbage bags next to the container, menus from the restaurant terraces, confetti and cups from parties near the canal, and plastic bags from the market.
Share your observations of plastic in the water via the app CrowdWater. This way we learn more about the hotspots of plastic in the water and we can prevent it from reaching the sea and contributing to the plastic soup.
Join also a canoeing session to examine the plastic waste in more detail and to clean up the canals.
With your observations and clean-up activities we aim to improve the removal and prevention of plastic litter in the water. Support our activities for cleaner canalsDonate now
Thousands of plastic nets spread from the Lammermarkt all the way to the open sea. Plastic Spotters call for a plastic-free alternative to replace the turf in Leidsch Dagblad.more
From time to time we get reports from colleagues, friends and residents about plastic hotspots and other kinds of pollution. But Saturday 18 April we received a very remarkable report: an oil spill had been spotted in the Nieuwe Rijn canal!more
Due to the Corona crisis, all organised activities by canoe in Leiden are canceled for some time. We are waiting for developments and advises from RIVM (Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) before we can restart our activities, with or without the necessary restrictions. Until then, we can already notice the effects of Corona on the canals.more
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This project arose from questions from residents of Leiden. In honour of the 444th anniversary of Leiden University, this project was set up partly thanks to the financial support of Leiden University and the municipality of Leiden.