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Help rid the oceans of plastic by joining our April ClimateGames challenge

Our new ClimateGames challenge this April will support TheOceanCleanup – a non-profit organisation that develops and scales technologies to rid the oceans of plastic 

Join our new ClimateGames challenge for April and you will be supporting TheOceanCleanup – a non-profit organisation that removes plastic from the oceans alongside intercepting it in rivers around the world.

The Ocean Clean-up is a non-profit environmental engineering organisation based in the Netherlands that extracts plastic pollution from oceans all around the world using solar powered Interceptor vessels and static nets. 

They are cleaning up floating plastics caught swirling in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a plastic accumulation zone with over 100,000,000 kilograms of plastic. To clean the oceans, we also need to stop new rubbish from flowing into them. By tackling 1,000 rivers around the world, this project also aims to halt 80% of riverine pollution reaching our oceans.

The company develops scalable technologies through Interceptor boats, which are 100% solar powers and can capture huge volumes of plastic from oceans and waterways. The company also deploys ‘Interceptor barriers’ , a solution that consists of a standalone floating barrier anchored in a U-shape around the mouth of a small river. This intercepts the rubbish and buffers it until it is removed from the water to be collected.

How ClimateGames works

Outdoor Swimmer magazine subscribers can join our subscriber-only events on the Climategames app and log each of their swims. On completion of the challenge, the participant will receive confirmation that their swim efforts have contributed to the projects we support. It’s a simple way for us to work together to help reduce our impact on the environment.

To take part, you need to download the ClimateGames app onto your phone. You can then either record your swims manually or allow the app to connect to your sports watch and update automatically.

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