The Clock is Ticking: Solving the Ocean’s Plastic Problem

DB Schenker’s Anja Rönnfeldt joins a crew of 300 women on a mission to help solve the plastic pollution crisis that’s plaguing our world’s oceans.

In October, a pioneering, all-female sailing and scientific research mission left the UK to circumnavigate the globe across four oceans and the Arctic. With a focus on the environmental and health impacts of single-use plastic and toxics in the world’s oceans, eXXpedition Round the World 2019-20 comprises a series of 30 voyages and 300 crew members.

Ocean Plastics: No Laughing Matter

According to recent research, our world’s oceans are literally swimming with 15–51 trillion pieces of plastic that hurts or kills the marine mammals, seabirds, and fish that ingest it, get tangled in it, or get infected by it.     

During its voyage, the eXXpedition Round the World science program will conduct research both at sea and on land. With crew members from diverse backgrounds, ages, disciplines, and experiences, the 38,000-nautical-mile trip starts and finishes in the UK, lasting a total of 23 months (October 2019-September 2021).