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At NEUBAU, we are always on the lookout to connect with innovative minds and organizations that want to solve today's and tomorrow's environmental problems with their forward-thinking ideas and inventions. This time, we sought an exchange with the globally active NGO One Earth - One Ocean. We talked about their projects, goals and motivations and how one can support their cause for cleaner oceans.

What exact­ly does ONE EARTHONE OCE­AN do?

The non-pro­fit orga­niz­a­ti­on One Earth-One Oce­an e.V. (oeoo) from Munich and Kiel has been pur­suing the goal of fre­eing waters world­wi­de from plastic was­te and also from pol­lu­ti­on cau­sed by oil and che­mi­cals sin­ce 2011.

What is your motivation?

It is no lon­ger necessa­ry to empha­si­ze that plastic was­te in the waters of the world is one of the most serious envi­ron­men­tal pro­blems of our glo­bal socie­ty, which urgent­ly needs a solu­ti­on. Howe­ver, well thought-out and prag­ma­tic approa­ches to remo­ving plastic was­te from the sea, have so far been lacking.

What is your goal?

Our goal is to clean the waters world­wi­de from plastic was­te and things that do not belong in the water. This work also inclu­des edu­ca­ti­on and rese­arch. For this rea­son we deve­lo­ped the mul­ti-sta­ge con­cept of Mari­ne Lit­ter Cleanup”.

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How much was­te do you collect per year and how does this work?

In 2020, our inter­na­tio­nal amount of gar­ba­ge collec­ted was over 200 tons. Pro­jects to remo­ve plastic was­te from water are cur­r­ent­ly under­way in Euro­pe (Greece, Ger­ma­ny), Cam­bo­dia, Bra­zil, Indo­ne­sia, Egypt and the Phil­ip­pi­nes. Spe­cial rub­bish collec­tion ships such as the See­Hams­ter and the See­Kuh are used here. The amount of rub­bish, always a mix of plastic and other rub­bish, depends on whe­re it is being clea­ned. In Decem­ber 2020, oeoo, tog­e­ther with fisher­men and vol­un­te­ers, clea­ned Gua­naba­ra Bay in Rio and 40 tons of plastic was­te and gar­ba­ge were collec­ted and then sor­ted. (see also https://​onee​arth​-oneo​ce​an​.com/​u​n​s​e​r​e​-​p​r​o​jekte).

What hap­pens to the collec­ted waste?

The collec­ted gar­ba­ge (plastic and other gar­ba­ge) is sor­ted and given to the appro­pria­te dis­po­sal or recy­cling companies.

What can we do on a dai­ly basis to keep our oceans/​water/​planet clean?

Avoid buy­ing sin­gle-use plastic pro­ducts and switch to pro­ducts that do not have plastic pack­a­ging. In any case, plastic is a valu­able mate­ri­al that has to be collec­ted and recy­cled. It does­n’t belong in the environment.

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How can someo­ne sup­port you?

You can sup­port our work with dona­ti­ons or sponsorship.

Wish for the future?

That peop­le under­stand that life on earth is not pos­si­ble without clean water and accord­in­gly con­tri­bu­te to clea­ning and saving the planet.

What’s your favo­ri­te water location”?

The Bal­tic Sea and the Mediterranean.

Deep oce­an, infi­ni­te black or para­di­se blue?

Para­di­se blue!

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