The Ocean Cleanup fully relies on the natural ocean currents to catch and concentrate the debris, and requires no external energy source.
The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. One passive system could theoretically remove about half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years.
Ocean garbage patches are vast but dispersed. Cleanup using conventional methods – vessels and nets – would take thousands of years and tens of billions of dollars to complete.
By acting like an artificial coastline, The Ocean Cleanup passively concentrate the plastic by orders of magnitude, 100% powered by natural ocean currents.
Thanks to the orientation of the barriers moored to the seabed, plastic will slowly be pushed towards the center of the array, becoming even more concentrated. Instead of using nets, The Ocean Cleanup uses solid screens which catches the floating plastic, but allows sea life to pass underneath the barrier with the current.
A central collection point extracts and buffers the debris, before being shipped to land. By recycling the debris and selling the semi-finished product directly to B2C companies, they aim to eventually make the operation self-sustainable.
Why move through the oceans, if the oceans can move through you?
Type of Partnership: Win-Win for Public and Planet
Healthy oceans provide immeasurable benefits for Public ranging from food, fishermen livelihoods and tourism. Traditional cleanup methods would cost thousands of years and tens of billions of dollars to complete. Whereas clean oceans benefit the vast eco-systems and millions of species below water.