DHL x Formula 1 ® São Paulo Beach Clean Up

The Race Behind the Race

Marine Plastic Pollution

Brazil is the fourth largest producer of plastic pollution in the world and every year around 325,000 tonnes plastic end up in the Atlantic Ocean surrounding the country. That is the equivalent of 406,250 F1® cars per year. This plastic waste causes significant damage to the marine life and to Brazil’s coastline.

The Clean Up

During the build up to the race, DHL invited employees and local volunteers to join them in cleaning up harmful waste from São Paulo’s Santos beach. In total over 510kg of waste was collected from the beach, preventing it from reentering the eco-system and causing further damage.

The Artist

All of the waste collected during the beach clean-up was transported to artist Eduardo Srur. Eduardo is an independent Brazilian artist who specializes in using waste materials to create art. His award-winning works use public spaces to draw attention to environmental issues, with the aim of expanding the presence of art in society and bringing it closer to people’s lives.

A closer look with Felipe Massa

The Exhibition

Eduardo transformed the waste collected in the build up to Brazilian Grand Prix into a full-size F1® car sculpture as a powerful reminder why it’s important to think and act differently when it comes to our future. This sculpture was revealed to the world at the Interlagos track in Brazil during a press conference focusing on DHL and F1®’s sustainability agenda.