Amsterdam, Netherlands (Reuters) - Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, has embraced an alternative approach to ecotourism: take a ride on a canal boat operated by a Dutch company, plastic whales, and pick up plastic waste instead of fishing with nets and thick gloves, the daily world reported.
Canal new economy sightseeing while collecting garbage
"It's a new way to see Amsterdam," said Smith, founder of plastic whale.
Smit started the company eight years ago, hoping to create an economic value for the plastic trash that tourists salvage.Plastic bottles are separated from other waste and recycled into office furniture or "plastic whale" boats.The plastic whale was used by 12,000 tourists in 2018 and more in 2019, smit said.
2 hours boat trip to "eye-opener"
On a hot summer morning, seven tourists boarded a light green boat painted with smiling whales.Angela, one of the tourists.Kaz, from Australia, spent a year living in Amsterdam and this was her second trip on the plastic whale after learning about it on facebook.
"I think it's fun," said kaz, 51, a graphic designer with a fishing rod. "and it's an eye-opener to know how much trash there is in the canal."
During the two-hour voyage, they fished for an unexpected variety of shoes, ski gloves, faded cans, wine bottles, diapers and even a whole pineapple.
Some 46,000 plastic bottles a year have not been opened
"I thought the Dutch were very green," kaz said. "I was surprised by the results."Ms. Kaz brought her husband along for the ride and invited two friends and her friend's three children who were traveling in Amsterdam.
One friend, olafuonan, from vancouver, Canada, was particularly surprised to find that much of the waste, such as unopened plastic bottles, was "not used at all".
In 2018, plastic whale boat visitors fished out 46,000 bottles, smit said. "on average, for every bag of plastic bottles, there are two or three bags of other kinds of plastic waste."
After the tourists throw it about, they pay to swim in the river
Plastic is flooding the world's oceans, rivers and waterways, destroying ecosystems.It's not clear how much plastic is in the canals of Amsterdam, known as the Venice of the north, but there are obvious reasons why there is so much plastic.
"Tourists are to blame for littering," katz said.Locals also "litter," smit said, adding that Amsterdam's trash cans fill up quickly because of the high number of tourists, so people drop trash. "when it gets windy or rainy, the street gets blown down or the rain goes into the canals."
In 2018, Amsterdam attracted 18 million visitors, more than the entire population of the Netherlands.