Rhine Clean Up

Written by Garry and last edited by Garry on

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Convenience. A phenomenon with direct consequences on all of us each and every moment, each and every day.

The introduction of the remote control decades ago led indirectly to overweight people on sofas. Society ignored the early signs and obesity has some of mankind firmly in its grip. The popularity of the plastic bottle has led us far more directly to a very sinister place. Society is once again proving reluctant to act even though his is already affecting all of humanity.


This source of both illness and health across the globe and through the centuries has taken centre stage. Today in Germany, relatively clean and healthy water runs from our taps. It is also sold in bottles large and small. How convenient.

Popularised by the iconic Perrier brand, bottled water has become a plague. Romantically portrayed as sourced from healthy mountain springs, the image has hidden a sorry truth. Massive global soft drinks companies bottle their water from the same source as municipal utility companies.

Yes, it is highly likely that the water in our plastic bottle is the same quality as the water in our home. Furthermore, our individual choices are directly affecting society, the human race and all other species on the planet. Why do we take a reusable bottle of water from home or purchase a single use, half litre bottle from a store?


Be honest, convenience could easily translate to laziness. Or thoughtlessness. Away is commonly known as at a distance from. To throw away is to discard something no longer needed. That then becomes waste, something no longer needed. The psychology of language is enormously powerful. Read labels, listen to phonetics, interpret marketing messages to discover a science of manipulation.

In Germany we pay a ridiculously low deposit for the plastic bottle that contains our purchased water. That translates to a low motivational factor to return the item. Even if we do, globally, the average level of recycling is less than half and the percentage of recycled plastic in bottles is in single digits.


The effect on the environment is well reported. The fact that mammals, fish and crustaceans are suffering is well known. The phenomenon of plastic micro particles being present in our food chain has also been proven.

We can no longer hide from the bitter truth but we can act. Firstly, each individual can think, rethink and radically adjust their habits. That includes you and me. If everyone changed, that would influence the future. Secondly, we can act in the here and now. Third, we can spread the word. Fourth, we can educate. Are you aware that small groups of pre-school children already collect trash with their carers in China? Be aware that when its in the fridge or cupboard, the damage is already done. We have a choice.

Rhine Clean Up

Do you know that if you drink water from your tap in Düsseldorf, much of it has come from the bed of the Rhine? It is cleaned and processed by the Stadtwerke Düsseldorf. Do you also know that one million kilograms of trash lands in the river each year, equivalent to 2,700 kg per day. Most of which is plastic.

The first international Rhine Clean Up is being organised on September 15 2018 to coincide with World Clean Up Day. In over half of the countries that the Rhine connects, enthusiastic people will come together in fifty seven towns and cities to remove the trash that infests this majestic river.

Big leaps will take too much time to implement but small steps can make a difference today. Please spread the word and thanks for joining in!

Waste Disposal in Düsseldorf

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The waste disposal system is efficient and reliable yet sometimes trucks make a great deal of noise and cause traffic delays. And making an earlier start at aiming to save important resources, the Germans are famous for having one of the most efficient recycling systems in the world.


Water in Düsseldorf

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Tap water is supplied to Düsseldorf's consumers by the Stadtwerke Düsseldorf. While water is often a matter of taste, the quality here is enormously high and it is safe to drink. Most of the local supply originates through seepage from the river Rhine.


Open Letter on Plastics

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Plastics do not disappear. They are broken down to micro plastics that pesticides and chemicals can attach to. These are eaten by plankton, to then enter our diet through the fish we consume. Micro plastics are also in tap water as well as bottled water. They must be in other beverages. We eat and we drink them. In ever larger amounts.





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