Launching The Ocean Cleanup – 5 trillion pieces of plastic litters the ocean

Launching The Ocean Cleanup

Launching The Ocean Cleanup – 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean

On September 8, The Ocean Cleanup launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system through the San Francisco Bay. It is heading toward the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The system will be deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest accumulation zone of ocean plastics. It is situated halfway between Hawaii and California.  The patch contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, and covers an area twice the size of Texas.

The Ocean Cleanup is a Dutch non-profit organisation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic

Shortly before the launch, Founder and CEO Boyan Slat explains how we got there and the challenges lying ahead of System 001.

Trash accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches.  The largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California. If left to circulate, the plastic will impact our ecosystems, health and economies. Solving it requires a combination of closing the source, and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean.

Ocean Cleanup models indicate that a full-scale system roll-out could clean up 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years.

This is an amazing project.  The challenges must be enormous.  But the team has it under control.

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