First-Ever Ocean Plastic Cleaner Will Tackle Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A nonprofit organization called The Ocean Cleanup has embarked on an ambitious mission to clear debris in one of the largest garbage patches in the world's oceans. Founded by the Dutch inventor Boyan Slat at the young age of 18, The Ocean Cleanup organization has become the first best defense in the world against the growing environmental problem that occurs in the oceans of our planet.

According to an article by Scientific Reports (volume 8, item number: 4666) entitled Evidence that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is rapidly accumulating plastic, a computer of 16 contributing scientists surveyed the amount of plastic currently floating in our oceans. The findings of the article concluded: "Plastics were by far the most dominant type of marine litter, representing more than 99.9% of the 1,136,145 pieces and 668 kg of floating debris collected by our trawl nets". On its website, The Ocean Cleanup describes the area they are addressing by saying: "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest oceanic plastic accumulation in the world and is located between Hawaii and California. Scientists from The Ocean Cleanup Foundation have carried out the most comprehensive analysis of this area. "

Some of the data included in The Ocean Cleanup official Instagram account (@ theoceancleanup) shows the enormous size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which many compare to the size of Texas.

On its website, The Ocean Cleanup describes its mission saying: "Using ocean currents to our advantage, our passive drift systems are estimated to clean half of the Great Garbage Patch of the Pacific [19659022] within 5 years. "

According to The Ocean Cleanup, an astonishing 46% of the mass consists of discarded fishing gear. Without a doubt, the fishing industry has some standards to reconsider.

The ambitious Ocean Cleanup project involves a huge device called "float" which according to the website is made of a "hard wall pipe made of high density polyethylene (HDPE), an extremely high material durable and recyclable. "The intention of this float is to" trap and concentrate plastic, while providing buoyancy to the entire system. " The pipe is flexible enough to follow the waves and rigid enough to keep its U-shape open. The float will have a length of about 1 to 2 km. "

A large screen is kept below the float to allow the currents to flow freely under it and allow the garbage to accumulate on the surface.

The float will be carried out at sea by a large seen boat in this graphic representation provided by The Ocean Cleanup YouTube channel the video describes the process of going out to collect garbage.

Also, in the video, we see a great anchorage that allows the net below the float remains stable while the remains found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch are collected.

What the team behind The Ocean Cleanup organization hopes to achieve is to improve our ecosystem, help relieve marine life from the garbage that is accumulating in its habitat, and ultimately, help eliminate the plastics that are slowly but surely creating a more toxic ocean.

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