Our Cleaner Planet Develops Revolutionary Techniques to Achieve Plastic-Free Oceans
Summary: Our Cleaner Planet will recover plastic from the ocean in a sustainable way, using a patent-pending design and proprietary technology.
Fremont, CA:The most apparent and unpleasant effects of marine plastics are ingestion, suffocation, and entanglement of hundreds of marine species. Ocean plastic kills about a million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals per year. As a result, removing plastic garbage from the oceans has become a pressing concern. Our Cleaner Planet, a non-profit organization with a novel method for removing plastic from oceans, has finished prototype testing of its first plastic harvester and is now ready to go forward with bigger unit testing. The first of the program's full-sized plastic harvesters are expected to enter service in the ocean in 2025.
Our Cleaner Planet's system will comprise a huge ship that will use an ocean-borne plastic trash gathering process to combat this wide-ranging plastic problem. Not only will the procedure remove macro- and microplastics, but it will also introduce a novel way for eliminating nano plastics as small as 5 millimeters. Our Cleaner Planet will be able to collect far smaller plastics more effectively and at much deeper levels of the ocean thanks to the system, which will span from the surface to a depth of 60 feet. The company plans to build a fleet of ships capable of cleaning up to 1000 metric tonnes of trash from the waters per year.
“The problem has become much more impactful than just the sheer mass of plastic now in our oceans. Plastic does not biodegrade. Instead, it breaks down into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces continue to get smaller and more toxic, creating a domino effect of damage extending from the fragile ecosystems in our oceans to our global environment and all the way up the food chain to human ingestion,” comments Pat Marshall, founder of Our Cleaner Planet. “Removing plastics from the oceans is only part of the solution to this problem, but it is the important first step that Our Cleaner Planet will take.”