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FLOW - For Living Oceans and Water 

F L O W is a resolutely positive and committed project in the service of the sustainability of water and the oceans, fighting against micro and macroplastic. This challenge is treated in resonance with the importance and urgency of the issue. 


Here you can find all of our sampling sites


The main objective of F L O W is to contribute to the fight against micro and macroplastic pollution of water and oceans.

To achieve this, there are three specific objectives:


  •  To collect information on the presence of macro and microplastics on the European coastline in order to contribute to research on their impact worldwide. This information will be processed by the taraocean laboratory in particular.


  • To meet, in each of the countries crossed, actors looking for solutions in the fight against water and ocean pollution


  • To give new visibility to this problem and above all to highlight existing and possible solutions via a video film in order to raise awareness and awaken the general public to this important and urgent issue.


documentary film 52'

interview of 20 professors responsible for this area

20 interviews with organisations offering solutions to fight water pollution.

realization of "micro-trottoirs", interview of random people. 

Some forty samples taken in 20 countries of the European Union. Samples that can be used and valorised within a protocol of the taraocean foundation in collaboration with Jean-François Ghiglione, Scientific Director.

An overview of European legislation and specific national regulations on plastics in the different EU countries.

Project leader 

"Hello, I am Elmo Swenne a young belgian guy studying bioengineer at ULB.


I have always been captivated by the sea, mainly because of its infinite depth and its fascinating and still largely unknown universe.

The FLOW project aims to make visible and fight against the sometimes invisible plastic pollution of the oceans, which destroys the biodiversity of our planet's waters. 

All these reasons and the desire to experience the field are what push me to participate in this project!"


Elmo Swenne

Pablo Bourcelet

Project leader and founder

"I am Pablo Bourcelet a third year Belgian bachelor student in bioengineering at the UCL. 


Blue horizons have always given me a sense of freedom. 

Today, I would like to form a crew that can learn more about this plastic crisis and act to push the world towards solutions."

Over the next year we will be travelling around the coasts of Europe to collect and collate more information on the presence of plastic and the European plastic restriction laws. Finally, we hope to create a network of specialists in this field. "


Soraya Vigneron

Communication Manager


My name is Soraya, I'm a PPE student majoring in Politics & International Relations at New College of the Humanities London. 


When Pablo and Elmo told me about  Flow I fell in love with the project and what it stands for: having a positive impact on environmental issues and raising awareness.


I was eager to be involved in the FLOW project and am now part of the Communication team. I hope to extend its reach and help share the process of their adventure around Europe! "

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