Blog Post #406:  WOW – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – CLEANUP!!!!

Blog Post #406:  WOW – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – CLEANUP!!!!

Taken from:  https://www.theoceancleanup.com/

I wrote on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch last week – and today I found this site – a non-profit company that is making plans to collect the garbage from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (and other such garbage patches).

If you remember, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is about twice the size of Texas and about nine feet deep and growing larger every day.  

The Ocean Cleanup Company hopes to recycle the plastic from the garbage patch.  The website says:

“In parallel to developing technology to extract plastic from the ocean, we also investigate how we can reuse the material once it is back on shore. Initial work on ocean plastic recycling shows our material can be turned into high-quality products. Imagine your next phone, chair, car bumper or sunglasses could be made from plastic retrieved from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. By selling our branded material for reuse, we aim to eventually make the cleanup self-sustainable.”

As I wrote this blog post, it indicated that the system will be launched in 36 days; 15 hours; 48 minutes and 23 seconds.  (Coming soon to a garbage patch near you!!!)

The system has a floating tube with a collection net underneath it.  The wind and waves will move the device into place and gather the debris which will be collected periodically and taken ashore for processing.  They plan on reducing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by 50% in 5 years. As they reuse the plastic into other items, they can fund additional efforts in other parts of Planet Earth.

I’m impressed!!!  More power to them – and I’m ready to order my first GPGP sunglasses now!!!

What do you think?

Bruce

Posted by Bruce White

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