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Fujitsu supports the Plastic Soup Surfer’s plastic waste awareness paddle down the Rhine

A 1200km expedition through Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands

Fujitsu Components Europe

Hoofddorp, May 31, 2017

It is estimated that twenty million kilos of plastic waste is dumped into the North Sea every year – a figure that likely to increase year on year unless something is done. Plastics in the oceans have reached such high densities in places that it is often referred to as Plastic Soup!

To highlight this ecological problem, which is killing marine life and also contaminating the human food chain, Merijn Tinga – known as the Plastic Soup Surfer – will be paddleboarding down the entire length of the Rhine and collecting samples to plastic waste along the way. Naturally, his paddleboard has been made from recycled waste plastic bottles. The Rhine alone is estimated to dump forty thousand kilos of waste plastic into the North Sea every year.

Fujitsu supports the plastic soup surfer

Fujitsu Components Europe has started its own Plastic Soup Project to take action to reduce single use plastic in its offices and warehouses, with the ultimate goal to eliminate all single use plastics. In order to raise awareness about this issue outside the company and encourage others to reduce plastic waste, Fujitsu is partnering up with the Plastic Soup Surfer on his 28 day, 1200 km journey. The journey starts in Kanuschule, Versam, Switzerland at 9am on June 3, 2017. Samples of plastic waste such as beverage containers, packaging materials, micro beads etc. will be collected and geo tagged along the way. These will be used to define the main sources of plastic waste pollution, these sources will be addressed.

"Designing for recycling after the end of the productive life of a product is fundamental from the earliest design stage of products so that the component materials can be easily separated for reprocessing", said Hans Grobben, VP at Fujitsu Components Europe "but just as important is the responsible use, or better still, the prevention of use of plastics in packaging materials of both the end product and of all its parts and materials throughout the manufacturing process. Many manufacturers do not consider this aspect when designing products or its packaging and this is creating a major problem whereas the better alternatives are too often rejected for reasons of cost or convenience."

Fujitsu views recycling as a key part of the company’s philosophy and has been operating one of the most advanced recycling facilities in Europe at Paderborn, Germany since 1988, where its products can be returned for recycling. The processes at this facility far exceed the requirements set out in the WEEE directive.

Further details on the Plastic Soup Surfer and his campaign to raise awareness of the need to stop plastic waste can be found at

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Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Fujitsu Components Europe B.V. is responsible for managing the sales, marketing and distribution of its relays, touch panels, thermal printer mechanisms, wireless modules, beacons and connectors in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Fujitsu Components Europe is headquartered in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.

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Date: 31 May, 2017
City: Hoofddorp


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