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Dear friends of EndPlasticSoup
 
We are very proud to show you the progress we as EndPlasticSoup made since our latest newsletter. We would like to thank the many enthusiastic Rotarians and Rotaractors, Districts and Clubs who created awareness, took action and are still working on wonderful projects and partnerships. In this newsletter we give you some of the highlights.

You can find more information on our website (in English, Spanish, German and Dutch) and on FaceBook.


If you need more information or if you want to help, please send us an e-mail >> endplasticsoup@gmail.com

We would be very happy if you 
share this newsletter in your club.

We wish you Happy Holidays and a save, healthy, Covid19-free and Plastic-free 2021!

Wytzia, Wendela, Gert-Jan, Madelon, Willem 
Awareness and Club Actions
Cleanup Day 19th September: ‘Clean your own 1.5m / 6 ft’
 
Many Clubs participated in the World Cleanup Day on 19th September 2020. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions we (D1810 & D1850) did another 1.5m EndPlasticSoup Cleanup action outside.
 
Cleanup Aegean coast in Turkey
 
For the 3rd year RC Bursa Nilüfer (D2440) in Turkey organized the Aegean Coast Cleanups by 66 clubs in 8 cities!

Rotary Puzzle
 
RC Winschoten (NL) made the first Rotary Jigsaw Puzzle to raise funds for EndPlasticSoup. They already sold 4,200 puzzles! You can still buy one as a Christmas gift or for your friends and relations.
 
Watch and enjoy here >> the Jigsaw puzzle movie
Order the Rotary Jigsaw Puzzle >>> here
Paving tiles
 
RC Katwijk (NL) located at the Dutch shore started the action for paving tiles for awareness, reminding visitors ‘The Sea Starts Here, Do Not Litter’
Cigarette Butts
 
RC Amsterdam Nachtwacht (NL) started the EPS-Cigarette Butt-project at a high school to raise awareness that cigarette butts contain a lot of microplastics and so they should not be left on the streets, parks, parking lots and end up in the Plastic Soup.
Recipe Cookbook
 
RC Aachen and RC Rotary Club Wipperfürth-Lindlar/Romerike Berge (Germany) created the EndPlasticSoup Menu and Recipe Cookbook with several club actions.
We are growing
  • Nearly 70 Ambassador Clubs worldwide have now joined
    Before the summer we started to create a network of Ambassador Clubs to help EndPlasticSoup grow in all Districts. Checkout the website and contact an Ambassador Club in your District. Ambassadors are helping us to create regional awareness and action, to choose the right priorities and approach in their District and country, and work on solutions and support in their neighborhood. The EndPlasticSoup-team supports them as much as possible, all our information and action materials are open source: A Google Drive will soon be made available to download documents and video’s. We share information and initiatives in online EndPlasticSoup ambassador meetings about 8 times a year. Very inspiring to see our Rotary wheel spinning around!
  • We welcomed already 44 new Member & Friend Clubs since July20
    It is really great to see how many clubs are joining us. Does your club want to be next? Join us, participate in the next Rotary EndPlasticSoup Action Day on Saturday June 5, 2021 or other worldwide cleanups, get the flag with your Club name and EndPlasticSoup logo, receive action packages, pictures, knowhow, social media logos, PowerPoint presentation and have fun with your club, family and friends. Become a Member Club or Friend and click here >> 
  • 80 District and Club meetings
    Since July we gave about 80 presentations via Zoom in Rotary and Rotaract District and Club meetings worldwide. Would you like us to give a presentation? Send us an e-mail
  • Website and presentations now available in 4 languages
    Thanks to many volunteers the website, the PowerPoint presentation and action materials are now available in English, German, Spanish and Dutch. French and Portuguese are expected in Spring 2021.
  • Proposed EndPlasticSoup Rotary Action Group
    We applied to become a formal Rotary Action Group and expect the approval by Rotary International early next year. In this way we will be even more recognized as THE Action Group inside and outside Rotary to EndPlasticSoup and beat plastic pollution. 
Upcoming Events
  • International Rotary EndPlasticSoup ActionDay: June 5, 2021
  • Rotary International Virtual Conference
    Presence in the House of Friendship and 5 presentations during the Convention in June 2021.
Rotary Institute
Watch the breakout session 'Supporting the Environment' at Rotary Institute and the interview with Boyan Slat of The Ocean Cleanup on October 10:
Alliances, Cooperation and Projects 
Everwave Cleaning Technology and Education

We signed a cooperation agreement with Everwave in Germany regarding Cleanup technology and education. We visited the Berky factory together with RI President Holger Knaack to examine their waste collecting boat called the SeaHamsterBoat. Watch the CleaniX boat in operation in Slovakia on >> YOUTUBE (switch on the English subtitles).
EmergenSEA Bag

Education materials are now being examined for use in different countries. The Everwave EndPlasticSoup Rotary EmergenSEA bag is already available in Germany for primary and secondary schools. 


read more >> emergenSEA
  • Mare Nostrum-EndPlasticSoup Switzerland
    On November 20, the Rotary Action Group Mare Nostrum-EndPlasticSoup has been founded with the participation of all districts and 130 Rotary Clubs in Switzerland.
  • Clean River Nile
    Rotary Clubs Horus Heliopolis and Al Shorouk Cairo (Egypt) started the Clean River Nile project. Last year they organized Cleanups in cooperation with VeryNile and now actions are being prepared to provide fisher nets and investigate cleaning technologies jointly with VeryNile.
  • Bubble Barrier Katwijk
    Jointly with the NGO Coast Busters we investigate the feasibility of a Bubble Barrier in the river Old Rhine in Katwijk (NL). Monitoring has shown that out of each small piece of plastic there are 233 pieces of microplastics that flow into the North Sea.
  • Waste to opportunity
    Rotary Club of Roatan (Honduras) prepares a project to create a recycling factory for the local waste pickers. Now they work safe, get better paid and feel prouder of themselves
Future Plans 2021
We are bursting with plans for the future!
  • Rotary Action Group approval by Rotary International
  • Website updates:
    * * Spanish website is online since December 2020
    * * Include projects, partners, education and solutions
    * * Google docs for sharing information
    * * Extension to include French and Portuguese in 2021
  • Education material extensions: translations and gamification
  • Cooperation with research centers and Universities
  • Preparation of Cleanup Action days: note in your agenda
    * *  March 20, 2021: World Water day
    * *  June 5, 2021: Worldwide Rotary EndPlasticSoup Action day and World Environment day

    * * September18-19, 2021: World Cleanup day
>> Become a member of EndPlasticSoup, join us now!
Legal Status
You will find more information on our legal status >> here.
We are a formal foundation by Dutch law.
Stichting EndPlasticSoup is based in The Netherlands.
Chamber of Commerce number: 77181913
Dutch tax file number: (RSIN) NL860925948
Address: Geschutswerf 3, 1018 AW AMSTERDAM.
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