Dhruv Boruah came face to face with plastic pollution when engaging in a yacht race from London to Rio de Janeiro. During the race a competing team found turtles trapped in plastic debris far from shore. Back home in England, Boruah quit his job as a consultant and founded The Thames Project. Now instead of spending his life in front of a computer screen he goes for rides each day on the waterways in his country. It takes him just 40 minutes to convert his bamboo bike into a floating trash collector. Boruah warns us of the plastic content found in our water, food, and even the air we breathe. His goal is to inspire all of us to do what we can to reduce this threat to wildlife and to ourselves.


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  • Stacy C Kurokawa

    I live 100 km north of Tokyo. I was just trying to join a river cleaning group the other day. So many single use plastic bags wash into the storm sewers, later hang up in branches along the rivers! This looks like fun. I wonder how many kilometres can be covered. The waterways here tend to have dams and bridges.

  • Catharine

    It is extremely important for humans to clean up after themselves because we share Mother Earth with all the rest of the living beings which need clean air, clean water, clean Earth. The ocean plants supply us with 70% of our oxygen. We need to protect the ocean and ground water from chemicals and plastic.

  • Raj

    Good. To make it more sustainable.. Get the sponsor for advert... Lot of corporates will fund as part of their CSR activity and more people can spread more awareness. However, good work and good idea. But to be effective for long term it has to be sustainable as well. Spread the idea and spread the means.

  • Aga

    This is amazing. Thank you!

  • Cindy

    brilliant idea. Kudos Mr. Boruah! and thankyou.

  • Jeffrey Farrar Dean

    The effect has a Cause

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  • Learn more about The Thames Project and what you can do to help.
  • Listen to Boruah's TEDx talk to learn more about what you are eating and drinking.
  • You may not have a special souped up bike but you can still do your part.  Take a trash bag along on your next walk.  Challenge yourself to pick up at least three pieces of trash each day.

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