26 Oct First plastic products The Ocean Cleanup for sale
If you want to lend a hand to the ambitious The Ocean Cleanup, you can now buy sunglasses made of fished plastic. All proceeds go to the project, which aims to clean up the large plastic soup in the ocean with floating installations.
The frame of the glasses is made entirely of plastic that The Ocean Cleanup fished out during mission 001/B in 2019. Although this was mainly a test system to see how best to clean up plastic, a considerable amount was brought in. After recycling and processing, a raw material came out for a range of sunglasses. You also get a case that is made from the material of the first test system. In total, The Ocean Cleanup made 20,000. They are now on sale,for almost 200 euros per sunglasses.
250,000 hectares of plastic soup
The whole amount goes to the next mission to clean up plastic. The foundation claims that the proceeds per glasses are enough to clean up 24 football pitches of plastic waste; if the glasses sell out, a 500,000 hectare site can be cleaned with the money. When that will happen is still unclear.
A fleet of plastic catchers
The Ocean Cleanup has been around since 2013. Then founder Boyan Slat came up with a new way to get plastic out of the ocean. By hanging floating ‘beams’ in the ocean current, the plastic collects in one place and can be easily picked up. After a lot of research and failed attempts to make the floats work, the first successful test mission was completed by the end of 2019.
Now Slat and his colleagues are preparing for the next mission. No details are yet known. Eventually, a whole fleet of barriers must go to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), where they form an ‘artificial art line’ that captures the plastic.
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