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our mission

We advocate about environmental plastic issues, and the impact of microplastics on the environment, human health and marine conservation by combining sailing, scientific research, and education to create new knowledge, strengthen awareness, implement strategies and find solutions 




We are very happy to announce our new partnership with NOAA. Sail & Explore will help to improve and expand their global microplastics database with data provided by our globally conducted expeditions. The data will help other scientists and environmental managers better understand and manage the rapidly-growing marine microplastics problem.


We got broadcasted on the Swiss science tv show Einstein: "Far more plastic ends up in the environment than previously thought, confirms research by the Sail & Explore Association. It is estimated that as much as 20 tons of microplastics float from rivers into the oceans every year."


We are very proud to announce, that we became a member of the UN global partnership of marine litter. We are looking forward to fruitful projects and collaborations with the UN-network.


Swiss Ambassador Bichet-Anthamatten visited a scientific expedition led by the Sail & Explore Association in the Whitsunday Islands. The Swiss association combines sailing, science and education to take action against global plastic pollution of the oceans.


Every year approximately 400 million tons of plastic waste are being produced which can then end up in the environment, where they become brittle and break down into micro- and nanoplastic particles.

By 2040, the amount of plastic waste entering aquatic ecosystems could nearly triple from 9-14 million tons per year in 2016 to an estimated 23-37 million tons per year.

The 2017 United Nations Clean Seas Campaign estimated that there are 51 trillion microplastic particles floating in our oceans. But exact numbers on the prevalance of smaller-sized microplastics (below 0.3 mm) and their potential impact on the environment are missing.


our science

Together with our global scientific collaboration partners, we are focusing on aquatic fieldwork studies from the oceans to mountain lakes, studying the possible impact of micro- and nanoplastic particles on human health. To achieve these goals, we are synthesizing the world's first nanoplastic particles made from materials used in packaging industry which are marked with molecules for their detection in complex environments and tissues. 



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Human health



Our Science


Our workshops provide a unique opportunity to interested participants to meet up with international scientists working on marine environmental topics, joining scientific lectures and following the scientists into the field, to learn and assist with scientific solution-oriented projects and to support and interact with policymakers and stakeholders

Phase I: Baseline assessment development

Phase II: Project elaboration and testing

Phase III: Project up-scaling and adaption 

The workshops involve several phases to investigate and understand plastic waste streams and leakage on islands, and to identify and initiate projects that could be long-term solutions to the plastic waste problem.



The aim of the expeditions is to explore new areas, to collect for the very first time scientific data on
smaller-sized microplastics (below 0.3 mm) and to test new technical developments and methods for the sampling. Every expedition has its own mission and every year new study grounds are explored and researched. The data gathered during each expedition is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals to make new knowledge visible, educate people, raise awareness and support policymakers.


Take part in a scientific expedition and actively participate in the data collection, meet and get educated by local researchers on the boat working on plastic pollution and learn how to sail or improve your existing sailing skills.


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