Ocean Cleanup Project: The largest cleanup in human history

Ocean Cleanup Project: The largest cleanup in human history

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Ocean Cleanup Project: The largest cleanup in human history

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An advanced technology to help rid the world and its oceans of plastics

The Problem

About 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year. A majority of this trash converges to one of the five distinct areas where the ocean currents converge. These areas are known as gyres. But, with the influx of trash accumulation, they’ve also become informally known as trash islands. There are many long-term effects of plastic pollution including damaging impact on marine life, as well as economic impact on fisheries and tourism.

The Solution

The Ocean Cleanup prototype uses the ocean’s natural undercurrents to push the plastic waste -- which floats to the ocean’s surface -- into a confinement zone where it can be efficiently removed. They estimate that their technology can remove 42% of the Ocean’s plastics if their initiative were to scale. They aim to install their technology in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 2020.

Stage of Development

Prototype.

Organization to Receive Funds

Shared Nation would fund the Ocean Cleanup Project.

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