A Raft of Plastic Waste on Its Maiden Voyage to “Swedish Davos”

To raise awareness of this issue, a raft named “Trash-Tiki”, built entirely out of plastic debris, will cross the Baltic from Oskarshamn on the Swedish mainland to the Island of Gotland and Almedalen Week, Sweden’s most important political forum – that can be likened to a “Swedish Davos”.

The name of the raft is an allusion to the famous 1947 “Kon-Tiki” expedition, a journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean, led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl.

The modern day explorers behind this initiative are Glenn Mattsing, Sören Kjellkvist and TV-star Joakim Odelberg.

– Last summer, me and Sören rowed across The Barents Sea and landed on the remote Bear Island. The shores were littered with plastic and that gave us the idea for this project, says Glenn.

The team behind Trash-Tiki are hoping to create some buzz when they arrive at Almedalen Week, where Sweden’s top politicians and stakeholders meet for informal meetings and seminars.

We Don’t Have Time is a proud partner of this project. We need work hard to reduce plastic waste through recycling and by switching to ecologically sustainable materials. We wish the best of luck to Trash-Tikis crew when crossing the Baltic Sea — and above all when it comes to speaking up against plastic waste.

Follow Trash-Tiki’s journey on our special Instagram account during Almedalen week @wedonthavetime_in_almedalen. If you are in Almedalen, please visit We Don’t Have Time’s and Trash-Tiki’s events:

2/7 2018, 10:30–11:45 Fenomenalen science center, Skeppsbron 6
4/7 2018, 13:30–14:45 Clarion Hotel Wisby, Strandgatan 6
4/7 2018, 15:30–16:10 Teaterskeppet, fartyg, “Lilla Matsalen” 
5/7 2018, 09:15–10:15 Mellangatan 9, “Energihuset”
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