ABOUT 8 MILLION TONS OF PLASTIC ENTERS THE OCEAN EVERY YEAR
Trash accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches, the largest one is between Hawaii and California.
HOW THE OCEANS CAN CLEAN THEMSELVES
Our floating barriers are designed to capture virtually any type of debris. Models show that by utilising vast rotational ocean currents, a single 100km installation can catch almost half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years.
HOW IT WORKS?
WHY MOVE THROUGH THE OCEANS, IF THE OCEANS CAN MOVE THROUGH YOU?
Ocean garbage patches are vast but dispersed. By acting like an artificial coastline, our array passively concentrates the plastic by orders of magnitude, 100% powered by natural ocean currents.
Building an artificial coastline in the center of the Garbage Patch.
Instead of using nets, The Ocean Cleanup uses solid screens which catch the floating plastic, but allow sea life to pass underneath the barrier with the current.
Diverting the plastic towards a central collection point.
Thanks to the orientation of the barriers moored to the seabed, plastic will slowly be pushed towards the center of the array, becoming even more concentrated.
Extract, store, ship, recycle.
A central collection point extracts and buffers the debris, before being shipped to land.
By recycling the debris and selling the semi-finished product directly to B2C companies, we aim to eventually make the operation self-sustainable.
Info from: http://www.theoceancleanup.com/