THE LARGEST CLEANUP IN HISTORY

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

Ocean plastic does not disappear by itself so it has to be cleaned up. That’s why we’re developing the Ocean Cleanup Array, a floating network of barriers that can extract plastic for recycling. A single Ocean Cleanup Array can clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years’ time.

Prevention

Prevention is an essential part of stopping plastic pollution. By regularly informing the public about the development of our cleanup technology, The Ocean Cleanup is raising awareness of the plastic pollution problem and promoting prevention.

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 develop interception systems in the future.

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

Our crowd funding campaign has ended, but we still welcome donations. Want to help us continue our work?

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Do you want to work on a team of volunteers with a passion for oceans? Come work with us on the biggest environmental cleanup in history!

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