Why move through the oceans, if the oceans can move through you? An array of floating barriers first catches and concentrates the debris, enabling a platform to efficiently extract the plastic afterwards. We have now proven The Ocean Cleanup Array concept is likely a feasible and viable method to remove almost half the plastic from the North Pacific Garbage patch in 10 years, while being an estimated 7900x faster and 33x cheaper than conventional methods. The Ocean Cleanup now works towards a large-scale and operational pilot in 3-4 years’ time.
Prevention is an essential part of stopping plastic pollution, but will require radical changes in all levels of society.
In the second phase of the project, The Ocean Cleanup plans to develop spin-offs of our passive collection technology for implementation in river deltas and other waterways that transport plastic to the oceans. This could provide a rapid reduction of the influx of new plastics into the oceans.
Jan de Sonneville, PhD
Norbert Fraunholcz, PhD
Ir. Leonid Pavlov, MSc
Nicholas P. Katsepontes BA, LLB, LLM
Julia Reisser, MSc
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To help fund the major next step of the project, we have now launched a new crowdfunding campaign.
To accelerate our development, we are open to collaborations with companies and institutes.
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