GNF - Micro Plastics

Micro Plastics – The underestimated Danger also for us Humans!


"The Germany eighth is particularly concerned about keeping our waters clean. Therefore we think the GNF's project to avoid micro plastics is a great thing. Such concrete measures protect the environment and our health."


Hannes Ocik, long-time batsman of the Germany Eight, multiple World and European Champion

Plastic waste increasingly covers our earth. Huge amounts of it drift in the oceans, more and more animals die of it in agony. At the end of the food chain is man – micro plastics threaten us more than many of us think. Micro plastics are found in drinking water, in the air we breathe and in our food. This is how the smallest particles get into our bodies.


Research by the University of Newcastle shows that a person consumes up to five grams of micro plastics per week – that's the weight of a credit card!

How is micro plastic created?

Due to external environmental influences, plastic decomposes into ever smaller particles, down to microscopic particles, the micro plastics. Plastic particles are e.g. residues from agriculture, tire abrasion or artificial turf washed out with rain.


From our households, micro plastics end up with the waste water in sewage treatment plants. Techniques to filter it out already exist, but are not yet widespread.

What we are planning in the project "LIFE Blue Lakes“

Together with our European partners, the Lake Constance Foundation and Legambiente, we develop strategies to avoid micro plastics for clean lakes and rivers. At five European lakes, including Lake Chiemsee and Lake Garda, we want to reduce micro plastics in water. This should make wastewater treatment more effective, and we support companies in avoiding micro plastics in their products. We demand improved framework conditions from politicians to effectively regulate micro plastics. And we work actively with communities to reduce plastic waste.

A common goal connects

A one-time donation helps us financially. Support our forward-looking project and help us stop the flood of plastic! Thank you!

Every financial contribution counts

For our initiative "Blue Lakes", we still need 150,000 Euro.

  • For the production and distribution of information brochures in tourist regions like Lake Constance.
    Your Support: 50 Euro
  • For training material for environmental education in schools and the conception of a touring exhibition.
    Your Support: 100 Euro
  • For events with multipliers and decision makers from politics, companies or communities.
    Your Support: 200 Euro
  • For equipping a pilot sewage treatment plant with innovative technology at Lake Garda to filter out micro plastics.
    Your Support: 500 Euro

Further information of our project "Blue Lakes – Micro Plastics in Lakes" ...


The Project "Blue Lakes – Micro Plastics in Lakes" is supported by the European Union in the Framework of the Life+ Programme.

Donation Account

GLS-Bank Bochum

IBAN: DE 53 4306 0967 8040 4160 00


Donation Purpose: Blue Lakes – Micro Plastics

Global Nature Fund (GNF)

Contact person: Ms. Manuela Uhde

Head of Marketing, Finances and Administration

Fritz-Reichle-Ring 4

78315 Radolfzell, Germany

Phone: +49 7732 9995 85

Fax: +49 7732 9995 88




We thank you very much for your support.


 Hannes Ocik
 The Germany Eight, the successful rowing team
 Packaged food - We consumers have it in our hands. In many places we can buy vegetables and fruit in bulk and transport them in containers we have brought with us.
 A world without plastic is unthinkable, the advantages of the many plastic products are too great.
 Sewage treatment plants usually clean the waste water sufficiently. However, microplastics are only retained in a fourth clarification stage, which is not yet widely available in Germany.

© Stephanie Eichler, AdobeStock

 Lake Constance is an important drinking water reservoir. Its treated water supplies 4 million people daily.
 Beautiful colorful world? - Unfortunately plastic waste can be found everywhere.
 Our Blue Lakes Project
 The Project "Blue Lakes – Micro Plastics in Lakes" is supported by the European Union in the Framework of the Life+ Programme.
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