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Oceans Plastic Free! Ocean Witness Tijmen’s Story

by: Tijmen Sissing
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"Bringing people in close contact with the ocean and providing them with the relevant knowledge will make them see the urgency of caring about it."

An interview with Tijmen Sissing, founder of Traspackers

Our Oceans Plastic Free: What Changes Are You Witnessing?

"It’s upsetting to know that approximately 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year, which is affecting marine life negatively. When I was snorkeling in the Philippines, I saw this with my own eyes. I was literally swimming in all kinds of waste. Every few meters, I had to pick plastic off my arms. This motivation made me approach the problems as challenges, and it really pushed me to do something about them. Plastic now has another definition for me: Polluting Less = Always Something That I Control."

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Ocean Witness Tijmen: You Decided To Do Something?

"Yes, I have been traveling since October 2017, and I’ve had many conversations with other backpackers about the pollution in Asia. Many of them said that “the locals are just lazy” or “they don’t care about the environment.” I felt like those kinds of judgments were too simple. We should also look at our own impact as tourists. For example, the 200 million tourists who visit the Mediterranean each year generate a 40% increase in marine litter during summer (WWF, 2018). Think about the impact of plastic usage coming from mass tourism."

"Besides that, it is not only local littering. Marine debris can wash up on the beach because of the high tide. That trash can come from countries on the other side of the planet, as plastic can travel a hundred miles in the ocean. We should stop pointing fingers at each other and focus on what we can do. So, I decided to initiate a clean-up behind our hostel. Remarkably enough, none of the backpackers from the hostel wanted to join me. They reacted skeptically to my opportunism. So, I did the clean-up on my own. Within a few minutes, people were making videos, wanted selfies with me, and thanked me for cleaning. One guy, even though I did it because I got in trouble with the police."

Cleaning Up Other Countries: Trashpackers

"I realized that people are surprised when they see a tourist cleaning up their country. And what happens when people are surprised? They talk about it. I had collected some bags of waste, but I found it more interesting that I made people think and talk about it. That kind of commotion and attention was much more interesting for helping the environment than the waste I had collected. I decided to continue doing the clean-ups to raise awareness. I called myself the Trashpackers, and I’ve been traveling and organizing clean-ups ever since." 

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Trashpackers Get International Media Attention.

"Then one day, a passerby posted a video of one of my clean-ups on social media. The video got over 250.000 views in one day. The Trashpackers Facebook page made it to the Malaysian and Chinese newspapers' headlines, and I was featured in the Malaysian and Chinese news on televisions.

People started sponsoring me, giving me food, water, free accommodation, free taxi rides. It was crazy. Within a week, I had over 10.000 followers on my social media accounts. That’s when I started my first Trash packing Tour, from North to South Borneo. I organized a clean-up in every city I visited. Within a month, 442 locals joined me, and we collected 959 bags filled with waste. Meanwhile, people were sending me pictures of their own clean-ups from all over the world. A movement was born. The website is now a proactive platform for anybody who wants to clean-up, and we’re working on new projects coming up this year!"

Want to get in touch with Tijmen to join the Trashpackers movement?

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