Last Sunday, 29 April, the red, white, blue and orange dominated Battery Park in New York. No, Trump wasn’t in town. It was King’s Day, a Dutch holiday in celebration of the birthday of the Dutch king, Willem Alexander. The Plastic Bridge Project and ‘t Klokhuis School organized a King’s Day event at the park and over 800 people came by to raise their Doppers to our Waterful King. Sip sip hooray!
Jump Forest, Jump!
The Plastic Bridge Team joined forces with ‘t Klokhuis School to organize this King’s Day event. ‘t Klokhuis School has five locations in New York with around 400 pupils who are all Dutch. During the King’s Day event, there were all sorts of traditional Dutch games like clog dancing and doing a sack race. Everybody jump!
If you didn’t want to ‘koekhap’
Apart from the traditional ‘koekhappen’ (trying to grab a piece of cake dangling from a string, using your teeth), there were also some educational activities. If you were wondering if we lectured kids on plastic pollution or have them recite the P.E.T. FREE Pledge, we can reassure you, we did not. Education should make an impact, and be fun! That’s why there was a puppet show based on the book ‘Stella and Stinky and the plastic soup’ and the kids could upcycle single-use water bottles with artist Asher Jay. The result? Fifty beautiful bottles. And many, many happy orange faces (and hands, shoes and clothes).
Kids, get rid of your P.E.T!
During this event, the principal of ‘t Klokhuis school signed the P.E.T. FREE Pledge and promised to become free of single-use plastic water bottles! Being the very first school in the US to commit to this pledge, they took it even further. Cheered on by hundreds of children, ‘t Klokhuis School introduced a competition between the five locations and challenged them to be the first to ban all P.E.T. bottles from their school. To help the kids on their way to this sustainable lifestyle.
OUR PROJECT – PLASTIC BRIDGE
Every 30 seconds 25,000 P.E.T. bottles are purchased in the U.S. alone and they ultimately make their way to our oceans. At Dopper, our dream is crystal clear water from every ocean to every tap. Which is why this year, Dopper Foundation is building bridges to a P.E.T. free world. Starting with a replica of one of the most iconic landmarks in NYC: The Brooklyn Bridge. In collaboration with artist Colin Hendee, the Dopper Foundation is building a bridge made out of P.E.T. bottles, collected by the people of NYC. But our initiative goes further, because we are also creating an educational movement, teaching children about the effects of single-use plastic on our oceans and ourselves.
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