“A plastic count that is equivalent to 250 pieces of debris for every human in the world.”

The Ocean Cleanup to launch on September 8th

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Thu, Aug 30th, 2018 08:00 by capnasty NEWS

In less than two weeks, the world's most ambitious ocean clean-up project will launch, with the goal of having a plastic free ocean by the year 2050 using a passive method — yes, there is that much garbage in the ocean. The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organisation and is the brainchild of Dutch inventor Boyan Slat.

Going after it with vessels and nets would be costly, time-consuming, labor-intensive and lead to vast amounts of carbon emission and by-catch. That is why The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive system, moving with the currents - just like the plastic - to catch it. The system consists of a 600-meter-long floater that sits at the surface of the water and a tapered 3-meter-deep skirt attached below. The floater provides buoyancy to the system and prevents plastic from flowing over it, while the skirt stops debris from escaping underneath. As the system moves through the water, the plastic continues to collect within the boundaries of the U-shaped system.

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