Some great news just got released about our oceans. The Ocean Cleanup, a company out of the Netherlands, has developed a system to scrub the plastics floating in our oceans, and they think it will be able to remove nearly 90 percent of the junk in our oceans over the next two decades.
Yahoo reports, The project was founded by Boyan Slate when he was just 16 years old. The latest generation of the team’s technology, System 03, will allow them to clean the entire Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific that is three times the size of France and contains up to 100 million kilos of plastic waste. They have already removed more than 100,000kg.
“Our projections show that deploying ten systems based on System 03 will allow us to clean up the entire Great Pacific Garbage Patch for good – bringing us closer to completing our mission of ridding the oceans of plastic,” the team said in a statement.
The Ocean Cleanup has also developed a clever solution to the source problem of marine plastic.
A thousand rivers are responsible for roughly 80 per cent of the world’s plastic pollution, so they have developed the world’s first scalable river plastics collector, a transportable solar-powered and fully autonomous vessel that can collect around 50,000kg of plastic a day from the world’s most contaminating rivers before the debris has a chance to reach the ocean.
“While it’s tough to say exactly how much plastic is in the ocean, scientists think about 8 million metric tons of plastic entered the ocean in 2010. That’s the weight of nearly 90 aircraft carriers, and the problem continues to grow,” according to the National Ocean Service.
“These plastics come in many different forms. Just think about all the plastic items you use daily: the toothbrush you grab first thing in the morning, the container your lunch comes in, or the bottle you drink water from after your workout.
All these things get used and, eventually, thrown out. Many plastic products are single-use items that are designed to be thrown out, like water bottles or take out containers. These are used and discarded quickly. If this waste isn’t properly disposed of or managed, it can end up in the ocean.
Unlike some other kinds of waste, plastic doesn’t decompose. That means plastic can stick around indefinitely, wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems. Some plastics float once they enter the ocean, though not all do. As the plastic is tossed around, much of it breaks into tiny pieces, called microplastics.”
Thank goodness for organizations like The Ocean Cleanup. They’re going to make our waters a better, cleaner place. That’s great for everybody.