THE LARGEST CLEANUP IN HISTORY

29

Jul

TRANSPAC PARTICIPANTS TEAM UP WITH THE OCEAN CLEANUP IN MEGA EXPEDITION

Erratic winds and electrical storms are no longer the only factors complicating the odds in the...

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16

Jul

IT'S A WRAP! WE'VE COMPLETED OUR VERTICAL DISTRIBUTION EXPEDITIONS

In 2013 we became the first to measure how the plastic soup in our oceans is vertically distributed...

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13

Jul

WHY THE MEGA EXPEDITION NEEDS A MOTHERSHIP

We are happy to announce that marine research vessel “Ocean Starr” will join the Mega Expedition...

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06

Jul

6TH VERTICAL DISTRIBUTION EXPEDITION WELL UNDER WAY

From Julia Reisser, Lead Scientist aboard SY Sea Dragon: Here we are turning the 6th The Ocean...

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THE PROBLEM

The plastic pollution problem

  • Millions of tons of plastic have entered the oceans (UNEP 2005)
  • Plastic concentrates in five rotating currents, called gyres (Maximenko et al., 2012)
  • In these gyres there is on average six times more plastic than zooplankton by dry weight (Moore et al., 2001) 

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THE SOLUTION

Extraction

The plastic concentrated in the open oceans continues to cause damage, and does not go away by itself. A single Ocean Cleanup Array can clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 year’s time.

Prevention

Prevention is an essential part of stopping plastic pollution. By communicating the development of the cleanup technology, The Ocean Cleanup aims to raise awareness and make the problem visible for the first time.

Interception

Spin-off technologies deployed in rivers will be able to rapidly reduce the influx of new plastic in the oceans. The Ocean Cleanup plans to start developing interception systems by 2016.

THE TECHNOLOGY

ABOUT

The Ocean Cleanup develops technologies to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution. The Ocean Cleanup’s goal is to fuel the world’s fight against oceanic plastic pollution by initiating the largest cleanup in history.

 

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SUPPORT US

Although our crowdfunding campaign is finished, we still accept donations to support our work.

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Do you want to work in a team of volunteers with a passion for oceans that is working on the biggest environmental cleanup in history?

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