Our Mission

More than 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean yearly.
Micro plastic has been found in our drinking water, food and even in the human placenta. Plastic affects our daily life directly. A collective of artists, associations and environmentalists came together to raise their voices for this urgent problem: THE PLASTIC HIKE INITIATIVE.

To get the plastic pollution problem under control, our acts matter. It’s not only about cleaning the beaches. It’s not only about recycling. Too much trash is produced to be handled efficiently.

REFUSE single use plastic.
REDUCE packaging.
REUSE as much as you can to avoid buying new.

Let’s be inspired by the different works of artists, associations and environmentalists to rethink and change our consumption habits and lifestyles. Together, we can raise awareness to protect our oceans.
Let’s learn from each other and ACT NOW! 

The Trash Traveler

Andreas Noe, a molecular biologist from Germany, came to Portugal in 2018 to surf at the beaches of Lisbon and couldn’t look away from all the plastic anymore. The polluted beaches made him quit his biomedical career to go on a journey of awareness with fun and positivity. His first project “The Travel Trash” project resulted in 160 Ukulele songs and trash videos while removing almost 1 ton of plastic along Portugal.

The Plastic Hike

In lockdown 2020, Andreas realised that we got to learn and raise awareness together – not alone. So, he decided to hike the entire 832 km long coastline of Portugal to meet NGOs, initiatives and environmentalists: “The Plastic Hike”, that’s how it all started. Within 58 days non-stop walking on sand, Andreas met 560 people to pick up 1,6 tons of plastic and raise awareness together with a community. Is the beach clean now? No, as it is not about cleaning! “The Plastic Hike” shall be interpreted in a way that we are always on a “hike” to learn and to try to do better. Let’s go on a hike together to save the ocean.

The Team

The Plastic Hike started with 1 person however it has developed into a group project of people who care and work for a better planet. All team members met through the journey of the plastic hike and decided to join forces.

Camera With No Name

Camera With No Name

Carolina and Augusto have joined the plastic hike for all 58 days behind their cameras. They filmed and edited the documentary throughout the winter to present now an educational community documentary. They also believe that we need time apart of the screens to connect, learn and be healthy. Therefore, they are the pioneers of our board game workshops along the coast of Portugal together with the documentary screenings. Play with us!

Ana Rita Seirôco

Ana Rita Seirôco

Ana Rita has opened her arms to provide her “Associacao Novo Mundo Azul” to support The Plastic Hike project. We are working on this project for a good cause and believe that being part of an association is the key.

Marisa Matos

Marisa Matos

Being an eco warrior herself with great tips as the EcoSensata, she is helping with project management, organisation, caring for artists and giving eco input wherever she can.

Raquel Lima

Raquel Lima

The amazing brain behind this website and the microplastic font. Moreover helping with project management to connect with artists and associations.

Marta Ribeiro

Marta Ribeiro

Another conscious human being caring for the planet. Supporting from Luxembourg but being always present to push the project and bringing a flow to set up the exhibition.

Catarina Rodrigues

Catarina Rodrigues

An eco gardening nutritionist taking care of project management, funding and organisation in her free time. Artists are happy when a great human being is caring for them.

Gonçalo Gonçalves

Gonçalo Gonçalves

The brain of all logistics and support throughout the ups and downs of the plastic hike. Never lets anyone down and is responsible for the most important part: Good mood!