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
The documentary series 'Typisch Leiden' (Typical Leiden) follows Plastic Spotter Jean-Jacques during a clean-up.more
Face masks and gloves designed to protect us are, in fact, dangerous for the animals around us. Scientists from Leiden warn that throughout the world, on land and in the water, animals are ingesting corona waste, or getting entangled in it. The two biologists are asking for everybody’s help to better identify the consequences.more
Met het winterse weer blijkt niet alleen zout, maar ook plastic fanatiek gestrooid te zijn. De Leidse fietspaden zijn bezaaid met vele duizenden gifgroene stengels, afgebroken delen van de borstels van sneeuwvegers. Vrijwilligers van het Plastic Spotter project vonden al snel meer dan 3000 van zulke stengels. “Ik bleef ze maar oprapen.”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.