A new project aims to use sea currents to clean the ocean
Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit started by a Dutch 20-year-old that helps the ocean clean itself. The project involves using ocean currents to concentrate plastic in certain areas, allowing it to be collected.
A floating barrier up to 6,500 in lenght cuts across a current, collecting plastic debris floating on the ocean's surface without disturbing wildlife. A solar powered trash collector removes the built-up plastic.
Eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year. From the project's website:
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.