Instagram Photo Contest #IAmAnOceanlover >> Instagram Photo Contest #dontwasteyoursummer >> The Dirty Dozen >> TED Talk: Shaun Frankson >> A PLASTIC OCEAN: Premiere Hamburg >> The Clean Coffee Project: Enjoy coffee without waste >> How young architect Marcella Hansch wants to filter plastic particles out of water >> Getting active: What can we do? Four steps for a cleaner ocean? >> Trailer: A Plastic Ocean

October, 12th 2017

Int. OCEAN FILM TOUR Instagram Photo Contest:


#Oceanlovers, watch out: There is nothing better than a day at the beach? You love to jump in the water, your surfboard is your best friend or diving is your greatest passion? For your perfect ocean day without worries we give away four Sharkbanz 2!

And that's all you have to do: Share your perfect underwater/ocean photo on Instagram and tag it with #iamanoceanlover and @oceanfilmtour. We will announce a winner every week! The deadline is November 8.

Good luck!

June, 13th 2017

Int. OCEAN FILM TOUR Instagram Photo Contest:


Dirty beaches, parks full of rubbish, useless plastic packaging: What did catch your attention during your holidays - not in the most positive way? What was your reaction? What did you do against it? Did you take part in an ocean clean up (on the beach)? Have you changed your shopping behavior? Like quitting on plastic or at least taking your own mug instead of a to go cup? 

We are looking forward to seeing your pictures: the inconvenient truth and your reactions about it. Share your snapshots with us on Instagram! Then we can share your photos with our community! 

It’s as simple as that: Tag your photos with #dontwasteyoursummer and @oceanfilmtour.

At the end of the summer we’ll raffle a plastic free starter kit by Monomeer (see picture above!) 


April, 10th 2017

April, 6th 2017

TED Talk | Shaun Frankson: How to save Earth with 5 minutes a day of responsible consumerism 

Too valuable to throw away: With the foundation of the "Plastic Bank" Shaun Frankson and David Katz have given plastic waste a value. In his TED Talk Shaun Frankson talks about our enormous power as consumers and calls upon changing our consumer behaviour.


April, 5th 2017

A PLASTIC OCEAN: Premiere Hamburg



March, 14th 2017

 The Clean Coffee Project

The problem: 

Buy it, consume it, throw it away. In 2014 Germany alone consumed around 2 Billion single-use coffee capsules. That equals 4000 tons of plastic and aluminium waste. Globally every minute 13.500 ends up on landfills - 20 Billion every year.

The solution: 

A deposit system! Because:

• The capsules are made out of toxic materials like plastic and aluminum.
• The production is a tremendous waste of valuable resources and energy.
• The mixture of materials makes recycling difficult, expensive and a waste of energy.
• There are no proper recycling programs provided by the coffee companies.
• The capsules are mostly thrown in the general trash, then pile up on the landfills and finally end up in the ocean.

If you would like to support the project

sign the petition 


The Clean Coffee Project is a campaign from the Clean Ocean Project.

March, 7th 2017

Cleaning up the oceans

How young architect Marcella Hansch wants to filter plastic particles out of water

Marcella Hansch (30) has written a rather unusual master's thesis in architecture at RWTH Aachen University. Instead of a building, she has designed a floating platform whose unique construction would enable it to filter plastic particles out of water. But there's still a long way to go before implementing such a revolutionary idea. We spoke to the young architect about her project “Pacific Garbage Screening”: 

Plastic pollution has become an important topic over the past few years. When and how did you discover the problem?

About four years ago, when I was looking for a topic for my master's thesis, I went on holiday with a friend to the Cape Verde islands. On the plane, I read an article about plastic pollution in the oceans, and then quickly forgot about it. Then we went diving and I saw all these plastic bags floating in the water. So I was confronted with plastic pollution twice, and this time, I couldn’t let it go.

Did you know at the time that people were already working on solving this problem? 

Back then, no. I found out about Boyan Slat and his Ocean Cleanup project when I had already completed my thesis. Apparently, we worked in parallel on this topic.

Your goal is the same—a clean ocean. How do your approaches differ?

He concentrates on big chunks of plastic; we try to get out the smaller pieces. My approach works without nets because we focus on passive sedimentation. The architecture of the platform is designed to calm the water to the extent that even tiny pieces of plastic rise to the surface, where we can easily skim it.

Without nets? Could that work?  

Yes. But this has less to do with the platform's construction. When I started working on the topic, I did a lot of research. At some point, I realized I lacked the know-how to go any deeper. Then, about two and a half years ago, I was invited to present my project at the IFAT in Munich [trade fair for water, sewage, waste, and raw materials management]to a group of experts in hydraulic engineering. They saw its potential and encouraged me to find people at the university to drive the project forward.

And there you found scientists from a wide range of disciplines who are now working on developing your idea. What is your next tangible goal? 

First we need to conduct a feasibility study at the university and find a way to finance the project. If we want to apply for a research fund, we must present solid numbers; however, we have no chance to get this data if we can’t test our theories.

So, where are you at the moment? 

We’re currently working with the Institute for Hydraulic Engineering [at Aachen] and together have developed two master's theses, based on my original idea, about how currents would flow in the channel system. But this is only in theory; the students can’t perform any actual tests because the operating costs for the facilities are prohibitively high. So, we’ve reached the point where we can’t move forward without funding.

What would you use the money for?

We would finance two doctoral positions or research assistants for our basic research and the feasibility study. This would make it possible for someone to focus on the topic full time.

How do you manage to reconcile your daily job as an architect with your engagement on the ocean project? 

Last October, I reduced my workload in the architect’s office because I realized that the project would get stuck otherwise. Currently, I’m only working 80%. Everyone involved has a regular job or is still studying; that’s why everything is moving so slowly. However, in the beginning of the year, we founded an organization, and with this organization standing behind my idea, we were able to connect with foundations that are interested in supporting us.

When would it be possible to produce a prototype of the platform and where would you put it? 

Hopefully in the next couple of years, when we’ve completed the feasibility study. The next thing would be to do an analysis to determine the most effective location for our platform. Does it make sense to start cleaning the ocean's vast surface area or would it be more effective to start at a mouth of the river and stop the plastic from getting into the ocean in the first place? This would be even more promising.

Your original idea was based on an independent platform that is anchored in the ocean. It would draw its energy from fuel cells and recycle the collected plastics through plasma gasification—new technologies that haven’t really been established onshore…

Yes, it was my original plan that the platform would work independently, but I’ve moved on in that regard. It’s just too risky. For example, there hasn’t been enough research on plasma gasification. That’s why our number one priority is getting the plastic out of the water. If we can’t do that, we can't even think about recycling. And the idea of using fuel cells and plasma gasification is uncommon, so perhaps we have to find alternatives.

Do you think that the finished platform will contain many elements of your original idea? 

In the end, it will probably be less architecturally sophisticated. The most important thing is to develop a reliable technology that can help to rid the oceans of plastic waste. We're working toward this objective with a lot of passion and dedication!

March 3rd, 2017

What can we do?  


About 8 million tons of new plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. How can we remove it? What can we do to prevent it from finding its way into the ocean in the first place?

Step 1: Prevention

Have you ever tried to avoid products that are wrapped in or contain plastic or microplastics (particles < 5mm in length)? A trip to your local supermarket will prove that it’s not easy. There are a few small shops where you can use your own bags, bottles, and glasses, but this concept still seems to be the exception rather than the rule. 

However, there are manufacturers working on alternative packaging materials. Papacks, for example, is using a material called “Faserstoff” (fibrous material) that consists of waste paper, industrial hemp, and similar natural fibers. It can be completely recycled and composted.

Step 2: Recycling 

It is absurd that we’re using a material that can easily last for 400(!) years, especially because it is ubiquitous and it's used only once and then thrown away. Plastic can be recycled—separated and properly disposed of—but when it's left floating in the ocean, overtime, its molecular structure is destroyed by saltwater and it cannot be recovered for reuse.

The fact that plastic bottles get a second life as cheap polyester clothing can't be the only solution. In fact, manufacturers have found a way to process these bottles into high-quality synthetic insulation material; other companies are working on turning ocean plastic into durable fiber for apparel or shoes. 

Step 3: Cleanup 

There are already a number of ideas on how to solve the problem. Young Dutch inventor Boyan Slat and his team have developed a V-shaped sieve that filters plastic particles out of the water. The prototype was tested for the first time in 2016:

German architect Marcella Hansch has chosen a similar approach. As part of her master's thesis at the RWTH Aachen, she designed a gigantic cleaning unit that is energetically self-sustaining. But for now this model only exists on the computer:

Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot of technical effort to clean up polluted beaches. With their powerful activist network, the Surfrider Foundation and Ocean Initiatives are constantly working to keep our beaches clean. And everyone can be part of it. Let’s hope that at some point this will no longer be necessary: &

Step 4: Adding value 

For Canadian David Katz, the heart of the problem lies in the fact that we perceive plastic as garbage. David founded the Plastic Bank, an institution that accepts plastic waste and puts a value on it. For example, for every kilo of plastic, collectors get free Internet access or can recharge their smartphone. The Plastic Bank also takes care of recycling and further processing of the plastic, making this project of particular interest to poor countries without professional waste management. The project has already launched in Haiti:

March 1st, 2017 

Video: from the new program


Plastic destroys the ecological balance of our oceans - that fact is no longer a secret. Craig Leeson has followed our plastic waster on its way and shows us the connection between our consumer behaviour and ocean pollution. The film A PLASTIC OCEAN asks a crucial question: What do we have to do to save our oceans? 

>> Find out more about the other films of the program

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