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Dhruv Boruah – The Man Who Collect Plastics on a Floating Bike

Dhruv Boruah from London is leading this initiative of protecting the Thames River from the thousands of tonnes of toxic plastic waste.

Water Pollution is increasingly damaging the environment and mainly the water bodies are filled with plastics making it a problem throughout the globe.

With the aim of growing awareness about water pollution due to plastics, a man from London is doing his part to save environment from plastics.

If a person told you they were cycling the Thames you would assume they meant along a towpath.

But, Dhruv Boruah – the man who is determined to clean the Thames River from plastics and other waste on a floating bike.

Yes! You heard it right. Thinking how innovative can one get?

Dhruv Boruah from London is leading this initiative of protecting the Thames River from the thousands of tonnes of toxic plastic waste.

India is often considered as backward by people from developed countries and they have negative thoughts regarding cleanliness.

But to a surprise, Dhruv Boruah is from Assam – India who is changing the perception of people about Indians.

Grown up in a remote town called Dhemaji; he moved to UK in 2009. He worked as a management consultant and decided to take a break and have some adventures.

On sailing from London to Rio, he saw a lot of plastics in the ocean and started wondering what he could do about it.

So with immense motivation and dedication, he himself designed and came up with his own floating cycle.

He pieced together a bamboo cycle, kept yellow floats on either side, and added a rubber and a pedal – powered propeller to the front.

Later, he attached one fishing nets each on either sides of the cycle, in which he collect plastics and other wastes.

He has disposed of around 350 kg of waste from the Thames River bed and in about one half – hour gathered more than 250 discarded items.

Crisp packets, plastic bottles, cans and takeaway cups were some of the most common pieces of rubbish.

Along with them, some of the largest wastes were traffic cones, toy plane and car tyres.

This initiative of Boruah has been supported by many other people in the country. Volunteers in boats and on paddle boards have also helped Boruah in cleaning the river.

He also motivates and encourages communities, businesses and councils to not create more plastic waste and understand the gravity of the situation.

Boruah said, “There is plastic in the soil. There is plastic in the fish we eat, in tap water. We need to stop it now before it becomes too bad.”

He further added, “I am just trying to get people to refuse plastic if they can or reuse, recycle them.”

Dhruv often goes dark tunnels and has to respect the traffic with other boats coming his way.

Before going on his clean up mission, he does a risk assessment to make sure he is safe and can go on the river.

It takes around 45 minutes for him to convert his bike into a floating vehicle and launches on the water to “become like Jesus for a little bit.”

Further he is thinking of running some campaigns and trying to make his initiative go viral, like filling up a London bus with plastic bottles.

He idea of his will help people realize the importance of keeping the environment clean and will give them an idea of how much plastic waste is generated every minute in London.

He want to show people how plastic is affecting us and how some of it even comes back into our bodies through micro – plastics in fish or salt.

Boruah believes that one can totally cut the use of plastic or at least think twice before buying their next bottle of water.

His hands – on approach to the organic surroundings shows us that growing closer to them has once acquaints us with a purer sense of self.

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