Do you have questions about our work and our missions? Here we give you a few first answers!
The best example: The sight of masses of garbage that we encounter again and again on our missions. We want to make a lasting difference through our work and our commitment and ensure that such images are a thing of the past. What you love, you protect. And the more people we can get excited about this path, the closer we will come to the solution.
We have been operating under the new name since November 2020. That goes hand in hand with our new strategy. We have decided not to collect garbage in the open sea, but to deposit it in the rivers. The name everwave represents our holistic approach: inspiration to avoid waste. Innovation to remove waste and get it back into circulation. The image of the wave should inspire, carry you away and awaken awareness of sustainability. HERE you can find out everything about our renaming.
We take a holistic approach to the goal of saving the seas. Both through technical, innovative solutions and through a long-term impact of environmental education.
HiveX is the name of our river platform. You can find all information HERE.
CollectiX is our garbage collection boat, which you can use HERE or HERE.
The “EmergenSEAKit” is our environmental education kit for primary school and secondary school. HERE you can find all further information.
In order to meet the different conditions in rivers and other bodies of water in the best possible way, we use different technologies. The platform is based on an energy-efficient, passive approach : We install it stationary on rivers. We deliberately do not use any nets or “simple” barriers in order to keep the impact on the environment as low as possible. Fish and other living things easily swim through the barriers.
The ideal complement to our stationary HiveX is our garbage collection boats . These have two active functions: First regularly transport the rubbish collected by the platform ashore. On the other hand, they collect more rubbish where the platform cannot and use drones to track down rubbish hotspots and their cause. With CollectiX we are able to collect garbage from the water quickly, flexibly, and efficiently.
Probably in 2021. We have the prototype in October 2020 with our partners Abeking & amp; Rasmussen and the Baltic diving and salvage operations in Rostock successfully tested in the Hamburg Elbe. We are currently revising details and will also test the fine adjustments this spring.
The amount of plastic in rivers varies greatly depending on the region, river section and season. The need for research into total quantities and distributions is still great in aquatic systems, which is why we cannot make a general statement. The platform is currently able to hold back 80 percent of the plastic that flows through it. The more often we come to missions, the more plastic waste we can collect and evaluate.
Organic materials such as dead wood and non-plastic rubbish, such as refrigerators and car tires, are also mixed in with the collected rubbish. Before recycling, of course, we separate and sort all materials and divert them to different routes. Any form of litter that we remove from water can cause damage to the environment.
We work with drones that are equipped with cameras. By evaluating the images with the help of artificial intelligence , we are able to identify garbage hot spots. In addition, we can use the technology of our partner DFKI German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence9999 to make a statement about the type, composition and amount of plastic.
The information is particularly helpful in prevention work and environmental education: With it we support local governments, authorities and environmental organizations to find the cause and to take countermeasures. Supplemented with weather and current data, we can also use our clean-up technology in a more targeted manner.
We see rubbish as a valuable resource that we want to put back into the cycle. The first step is manual sorting on site, which we implement together with our partners. The individual material flows are then processed further depending on their condition.
We shred single-variety plastics such as PET bottles, melt them and bring them back into any shape. The process is ecologically advantageous because the polymer structure is retained. We break down heavily soiled and complex plastic mixtures into their basic building blocks using (thermo) chemical processes.
We can also process them and use them for new products. The highest quality approach that we are investigating with our MIX-UP partners is the biotechnological one, in which we use bacterial cultures to convert petroleum-based plastics into biodegradable plastics and “ upcycling ” them. More on this HERE .
We are convinced: What you love, you protect. That is why we start with the younger generations and want to promote awareness of marine and environmental protection through play and learning. We do this with our EmergenSEA Kit, among other things. An environmental suitcase that was designed with work materials for primary and secondary schools.
Companies can act as sponsors and donate the suitcase to schools, but educational institutions can also purchase it themselves. You can find out all information about content, use and acquisition HERE .
We are very grateful and proud to have such well-known colleagues by our side. Thanks to the active, substantive and financial support we are able to generate impact worldwide. We want to overcome one of the greatest challenges of our time and we cannot do it alone. Real change can only be achieved together – in line with our motto: Be part of the wave.
We always look forward to active support. For example, you can volunteer to join our community, where we regularly organize cleanups and workshops. We are growing continuously. You can find current job postings here (link).
First of all, we are very happy that you have chosen us as your donation target. Thanks a lot for this. The donations are used in a variety of ways, for example for the development of educational content, the implementation of workshops, but also targeted clean-up missions.