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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...
Extraction
Why move through the oceans, if the oceans can move through you? An array of floating
barriers first catches an...
19-year-old Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and
technology to tackle global issues of sustainability...
Maritime & Environmental law coordinator
Julia Reisser
Lead oceanographer
Blog
Responding to critics
I never intended to w...
It's feasible!
Watch The Ocean Cleanup Release Event which took place in New York City on June 3rd where
the...
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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 6x more plastic than zooplankton by dry weight (Moore et al., 2001)1/3rd of all oceanic plastic is within the great Pacific Garbage Patch (Cózar et al, 2014)
http://www.theoceancleanup.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IjaZ2g-21E

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OMG! Wow, that's a lot of Plastic

  1. 1. IT'S FEASIBLE! » download full report » download summary CROWDFUNDING NOW The Problem
  2. 2. 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) READ MORE → The Solution It is of course essential to first close the tap, to prevent any more plastic from reaching the ocean in the first place. However, this will not be a solution for the plastics already trapped in the currents of the gyres. The Ocean Cleanup works to develop world’s first feasible method to clean the gyres of plastic, using the currents to our advantage.
  3. 3. Extraction 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. READ MORE → Prevention Prevention is an essential part of stopping plastic pollution, but will require radical changes in all levels of society. The Ocean Cleanup aims to assist with these efforts by stressing its importance, and by raising awareness about the problem and its solutions. Obviously, prevention is something we are all responsible for. Interception 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. About Us
  4. 4. 19-year-old Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. While diving in Greece, he became frustrated when coming across more plastic bags than fish, and wondered: "why can't we clean this up?" Working to show the feasibility of his concept, Boyan gave lead to a team of approximately 100 people. READ MORE → Florian Dirkse Internal communication & events Jan de Sonneville Lead engineer Norbert Fraunholcz Processing & Recycling coordinator Leonid Pavlov CFD & CM coordinator Nicholas P. Katsepontes
  5. 5. Maritime & Environmental law coordinator Julia Reisser Lead oceanographer Blog Responding to critics I never intended to write this piece. The articles I am about to comment on are now over a year... READ MORE → 08 JUN
  6. 6. It's feasible! Watch The Ocean Cleanup Release Event which took place in New York City on June 3rd where the... READ MORE → 03 JUN
  7. 7. June 3rd www.theoceancleanup.com READ MORE → 20 MAY 30
  8. 8. The Ocean Cleanup T-Shirt Design Contest In preparation of a merchandise line, we are now looking for great designs to print on both... READ MORE → Support Us Crowdfunding To help fund the major next step of the project, we have now launched a new crowdfunding campaign. READ MORE → Collaborate 30 MAR
  9. 9. To accelerate our development, we are open to collaborations with companies and institutes. READ MORE → Join our team 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? READ MORE → Share
  10. 10. Share Contact Privacy Policy Disclaimer ANBI status FAQ Postal Address The Ocean Cleanup Stevinweg 1 2628 CN Delft The Netherlands

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