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You Can Fish Plastic From Amsterdam's Canals On This Eco-Boat Tour

By Desirée Kaplan

According to recent studies, there are roughly 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans. That amounts to about 80,000 tons of rubbish in the water. One organization in the Netherlands has found a unique approach to combat pollution in waterways.

Like many other boat companies, Plastic Whale gives guided tours of Amsterdam’s scenic canals and Rotterdam’s harbor, but it has one added twist: boat guests fish plastic out of the water during the ride. If this sounds like an unorthodox way to tour a European city, you may be surprised to hear thousands of people jump on board every year to happily roll up their sleeves to remove plastic from the water.