Harrogate Organics
preserves marine life by removing plastics


Plastic Fischer removes plastic from the Ganges River, India.

Marine restoration numbers so far

Project Stats

  • CO2 Carbon Capture

  • 0
  • On land biodiversity

  • 75
  • Underwater biodiversity

  • 75
  • Social Impact

  • 80
  • Gender equality

  • 65

Why remove plastics from the ocean

Ocean plastics harm marine life and ecosystems. Yet, every day plastic enters our oceans in large amounts. Studies suggest that there are between 15–51 trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans.

Oceans and seas make up about 71 % of our planet and house over 240,000 known species. Therefore, we cannot continue to let our activities on land disturb the balance in marine ecosystems.

Why support Plastic Fischer’s marine preservation efforts

Plastic Fischer’s mission is to stop River Plastic from reaching the oceans and threatening marine life. They have a three-pronged approach:

  1. Working with locally-built, low-tech, and low-cost solutions. They employ locals to carry out the operations. Out of 54 full-time employees, 52 are employed in India or Indonesia.
  2. Producing locally saves time, money and carbon while ensuring high scalability and quick repair.
  3. Creating measurable social and environmental impact.

Plastic Fischer’s approach in rivers is up to 300 times more cost-effective than fishing it out of the ocean. And it saves a lot of carbon by avoiding vessels and imports from abroad.

Why removing plastic from the ocean matters

According to UNESCO, ingesting ocean plastic kills over 100,000 marine mammals and more than a million seabirds every year. This is clearly bad news for marine preservation. And by extension, the regeneration of our planet. By removing more plastic waste from the ocean, we can:

  • Restore the health of marine life in various locations
  • Properly collect, reuse and recycle plastic waste
  • Create more awareness on the risks and dangers that can come with the ingestion of microplastics
  • Enable local communities to protect the aquatic environment around them.
  • Pave the way for a healthier ecosystem by reducing our dependence on plastics
  • Contribute to the regeneration of our planet in the long term.

Project Managers

Karsten Hirsch Ceo

Karsten Hirsch


Karsten has a law degree and founded Plastic Fischer with two best friends after a trip to Vietnam where they witnessed marine plastic pollution in the Mekong Delta.
Since April 2021 Plastic Fischer employed more than 50 people and collected +210 metric tons of river plastic in India and Indonesia.

Aviel Itzhak Cto

Aviel Itzhak


Aviel is a mechanical engineer that worked for +10 years in the Navy and was leading the shipbuilding processes. He decided to quit his job at the Navy and look for more purpose in his professional life. Since March 2021, Aviel is in charge of all technology-related matters at Plastic Fischer in the role of the CTO and manages the company together with Karsten.


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