Throw the collaborative power of Dirty Beach and the Plastic Soup Foundation into the mix and we have a unique ability to create engagement that can effect change on the short and the long turn. Together we will work on a European Plastic Soupermarket stocked with rubbish from all the major rivers. This international Soupermarket of an entire continent will learn us more about our habits that may differ strongly among countries and regions. As an example, in Amsterdam we found in 2015 bicycle saddles, umbrellas and cannabis packaging, while in the south of the Netherlands we found more household products and rubbish from pleasure boats. What will we find along the Thames River in London or the Spree in Berlin?
Every Soupermarket begins with litter that is collected from the main river or its borders by a team of local volunteers. After being washed, sorted and dried, Dirty Beach comes in and starts building the installation. Each item is individually labeled. There are dozens of ‘product lines’, specifically designed for the Plastic Soupermarket.
In 2015 PSF coordinated the collection, cleaning & sorting of rubbish in Amsterdam & South Netherlands. PSF will also take this task on for further European installations. Thanks to the success of the Beat the Microbead campaign, the Foundation has a wide network in Europe with good coverage that can be quickly mobilised.
Dirty Beach and Plastic Soup Foundation are looking for musea in Europe that can host this imaginative art installation. We prefer a venue with changing and permanent exhibitions where we can ask a little entrance fee to cover costs and make the project self-sufficient.
For more information about the work of Dirty Beach, please have a look here: http://www.dirty-beach.co.uk/index.html
Interested to help/host a Plastic Soupermarket in your town? Please contact Maria Westerbos, founder & director, Maria@plasticsoupfoundation.org