Learn, Share, Act,
against plastic pollution in the Ocean


The Race for Water Foundation

The Race for Water Foundation is an organisation dedicated to the preservation of water and the oceans. Today, seriously under threat from plastic pollution, it is imperative that we protect what is an essential resource for life.

Innovative solutions against plastic pollution

From the information gleaned during the 2015 odyssey, it is a statement of fact to say that “plastic islands” do not exist, so heading out to collect plastic waste at sea proves to be but a pipedream. Indeed, at the heart of the oceans languishes a soup of microplastics, which drifts about at the mercy of the oceanic gyres. What there is on the surface represents less than 1% of the plastics in the ocean. “We very quickly became aware that the solution was on land. Combined action is essential in preventing plastic waste from reaching the waterways and the oceans through the development of sustainable social and economic models that inspire its reduction, its collection, and its valorization. It is vital that we take action!” explains Marco Simeoni, President of the Race for Water Foundation.

schéma pollution plastique
of marine waste comprises plastics




For a legally binding international treaty against plastic pollution.


For a limited production and a sensible consumption of plastic


For a material that is healthy, reusable and easy to integrate in a true circular economy


For incentivized collecting systems, local and safe plastic waste management and repurposing infrastructures, funded by the entire plastic industry


Our Odysseys

To be on the ground, to understand and to find appropriate solutions!

Through our global expeditions, the Race for Water Odysseys, we explore the plastic pollution reality on the ground and understand its complexity at the international level. We also share with local people around the importance of the oceans, and mobilized many policy makers, the private sector and the civil society to reflect together on the dangers that plastics imply and the solutions to protect us and the environment.

A global situational analysis of the ocean plastic pollution

The objective of this expedition was to analyze the beaches of the islands located in the perimeter of the 5 oceanic gyres and beyond in order to make the first global assessment of the pollution of the oceans via plastics and to highlight the consequences on the populations. In a record time of less than 300 days thanks to a racing trimaran, the MOD70 Race for Water.
The findings are dramatic: plastic pollution is omnipresent, in frightening proportions and mainly in the form of micro or even nanoparticles reducing the chances of being able to clean the oceans one day. It is necessary to stop the hemorrhage and to attack the problem at the source, on land, by preventing the waste from reaching the oceans.

cartographie race for water odyssée 2015
  • 3 scientific publications
  • 17 stopovers
  • 32 000 miles covered across 5 oceans
  • 30 sampled beaches
  • 15 420 macro-waste collected
  • 192 250 microparticules collected

The odyssey of hope

This expedition was held aboard a revolutionary ship, a true demonstrator for the energy transition. Thanks to its mixed solar-hydrogen-kite propulsion system, we have travelled the world's oceans in energy autonomy and with zero emission for more than 3 years. This iconic ambassador ship has allowed us to host scientific missions, to denounce the scale of the plastic pollution disaster on ecosystems, while promoting pragmatic and relevant solutions to prevent plastic waste from reaching waterways. Each stopover was also an opportunity to investigate the local situation and meet key players in the fight against plastic pollution.

  • 4 years
  • 30 stopovers
  • 6 scientific programmes
  • 16200 people reached (schools, businesses, governments, NGOs, journalists and the general public)

The media are talking about us :

Bundes Rundschau Race for Water Suisse 30 November 2020 ERNEUERBARER WASSERSTOFF AHOI! Hong Kong 5 November 2019 海洋衛士號教環保 5R減廢防海洋 污染 Antilles 1 November 2019 On Air : L'odyssée Race for Water Suisse 16 November 2019 Le temps : Marc Aymon au paradis menacé Suisse 14 November 2019 Le Nouvelliste : De l'enfer au paradis corallien Malaysia 26 August 2019 Daily Express : "I proved renewable energy plastic waste to electricity work" Malaysia 22 August 2019 Daily Express : "Including Sabah stopover on the second 5 year odyssey" France 6 July 2019 Presse Océan : La chasse aux déchets plastiques est ouverte. Bali 12 June 2019 Bali Express : Perangi Sampah Plastik, Cok Ace Apresiasi Yayasan Race for Water Bali Post 11 June 2019 Bali Post : Edukasi Masy arakat Tentang Germany 4 June 2019 Forum : Das plastik problem anpacken SUISSE 7 May 2019 La Tribune des Arts : Race for Water ou la fin de la soupe de plastique ? Vanuatu 6 April 2019 Dailypost : Minister Regenvanu Welcomes Race for Water Foundation Malaysia 26 August 2019 Daily Express : " I proved renewable energy plastic waste to electricity work." Vanuatu 4 April 2019 Dailypost : Race For Water In Vanuatu Fiji 10 January 2019 The Fiji Times : We must preserve our marine Life. FIDJI 9 January 2019 Microplastics study student privileged to learn onboard revolutionary vessel. USA 7 January 2019 Forbes : Forbes : Converting Plastic into energy may be key to cleaning oceans Switzerland 16 December 2018 Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) : Plastikmüll im Meer Switzerland 6 December 2018 24 heures : " Il faut donner de la valeur aux déchets plastiques." Switzerland 8 December 2018 Bilan : Race for Water faite de la "chirurgie de guerre." Switzerland 8 December 2018 Le Temps : Grand format by Marc Aymon Chili 12 June 2018 La Estrella : Al abordaje del "Race for Water" : la odisea ambientalista France 23 May 2018 Ouest-France : La mer sans plastique, c'est possible! Pérou 25 March 2018 La Republica Domingo : Odisea Ecologica France 28 May 2018 Le Figaro : La pyrolyse, une solution pour transformer les déchets plastiques en énergie France 7 August 2018 Wapiti : On protège les océans avec Race for Water Suisse 24 March 2018 24 Heures : Breguet rejoint l'odyssée contre la pollution plastique

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