Rotary Talk – Our Beautiful Thames is a Plastic Soup

Plastic soup. Mmmm, delicious….

No? Well, we as humans are creating billions of cauldrons of it daily and dumping it in our streams, rivers and oceans. Even here in bucolic little Henley:  by the time it reaches the Channel, the Thames has turned into one of the worst major rivers in the world for microplastics, heading up there towards China’s Yangtze.

How big is the problem? Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons already out there. Microplastics, meanwhile, end up in our water and food supplies.  You eat, drink and breathe them — a typical human could be consuming more than 74,000 indigestible plastic microparticles a year.

The Rotary Club of Henley-on-Thames wants to do something about this and has linked up formally with the international RotaryEndPlasticSoup project. It’s Dutch co-founder, Gert-Jan van Dommelen, will speak at the Henley club’s next public Zoom meeting on 18 August at 6:30 pm BST about what can be done.

It’s free and all are welcome. Sign up here:

Even better, join us in finding ways to rid our beautiful river of plastic. Contact:


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