The TEO cooperative, on the initiative of creating the Bac à Marée network, has just launched on May 11, 2022 a crowdfunding and citizen campaign on the jadopteunprojet.com platform. The objective is to install more containers and thus collect more plastic waste thrown into the ocean, but also to maintain the existing containers and frame a broader study of the waste collected in these containers.
What are Tide Ferries? How it works ?
Bac à Marée is a network of more than 100 wooden containers placed 6 months a year 6 month harvest campaign,  along the Channel coast in the Basque Country. These are not dumps, but collection points for marine litter picked up on the beach by hikers after a tide or storm. The network now extends over 700 km off the coast of Aquitaine. It was created in 2017 thanks to partnerships created between TEO, coastal protection associations, the municipal teams involved and local integration companies that manage the collection of full containers. When a tide raft is full, hikers can connect to a site and “trigger” the intervention of the integration company or local reference ESAT.
Fabrice Faurre, founder of the TEO cooperative: “ The system is based on a large network of partners responsible for the integration of companies, municipalities, communities, departmental services or the New Aquitaine region, the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition and citizens… washed up on the beaches. »
For what impact?
The creation and networking of these containers in 3 years has already allowed the collection of around 64 tons of waste, that is, 2 kilos per day and per container. The Tide Trays have become an effective tool to structure the regular cleaning of beaches in a sustainable way. But we must go further.
Citizens at the heart of the Bac à Tide system, why crowdfunding.
Memory of the ecological state of our coast, the interest of this tool is undeniable. Citizen engagement and employment in a new sector of environmental preservation are at the heart of this system, which allows to halve the cost of marine litter collection. However, it is urgent to implement the Bacs network more widely and structure the data collected by the different actors. To this end, TEO launched a crowdfunding campaign on May 11th to allow people sensitive to the problem of marine litter in the oceans to make a gesture for the preservation of our environment, but also to gain audience with decision makers thanks to the lever of citizen engagement and the scientific publications generated through this system. And once again, allow people who cannot participate in coastal collections to participate financially and thus contribute to the sustainable development of the system.
To learn about the actions and projects piloted by TEO, as well as testimonials from partners, committed citizens and, of course, the crowdfunding campaign, visit the website: bacamaree.fr
TEO is a cooperative society of collective interest (SCIC) created in 2011 that is part of a resilient ecology approach. He leads the “Trait-Bleu” program, which implements actions and operational projects to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on coasts. Scientifically based and deliberately collaborative, these projects are intended to be implemented on a national scale. TEO wants to shape a social and united ecosystem capable of activating the benevolence of a network of partners and actors to preserve a common good essential to all: the ocean and its waterways.
The 4 axes of TEO projects:
Design systems to reduce plastics in the ocean involving citizens, local authorities and integration companies, through the “Trait Bleu” program
Support institutional and professional actors in the maritime professions in the face of ecological challenges, facilitating their cooperation and co-building appropriate solutions to reduce marine plastics.
Participate in AFPA’s “Ecological Engineering Worker and Worker” training and enrich the skills of future actors in actions to preserve the environment in the face of plastic pollution.
Raise awareness of the preservation of the ocean through the practice of canoeing. Easily accessible, it allows for a fun and immersive entry. In a very relaxed way, we approach the interest of preserving the environment.
The Governance of SCIC:
SCIC TÉO is made up of beneficiary and contributing members, citizens like you, companies (Ovive, a player in the processing and recycling of oysters), integration associations (Vivractif, Send…), but also Cigales Clubs (Clube do Cidadão Investidores) .
These different members meet every year to approve the accounts and jointly define the main guidelines proposed by employees on the principle: one man = one vote.
 the dumps are in fact removed from their locations during the summer season so as not to “distort” the results of this