As the OceanCleanup reported, the purpose on the first mission in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was to confirm the concept of passive plastic collection. That’s all by means of the natural forces of the ocean.

So after several ups and downs, in October 2019. Then they announced that the system is capturing and collecting plastic debris. All from massive ghost nets down to microplastics one millimeter in size.

OceanCleanup at Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Source: NOAA

Since the launch of the first cleanup system, System 001, in September 2018, most items on the long list of deliverables for the technology could be checked one-by-one. Early reports showed, however, that System 001 was not retaining plastic as it should, and despite attempts to remedy this and successful design confirmations, the system suffered a fatigue fracture, resulting in a need to return the system to shore in January 2019.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Source: NOAA

FROM POLLUTION TO PRODUCTS

The Ocean Cleanup has, from the start, planned to create a value chain. All on the basis of their collected debris. That’s with the aim of funding continued cleanup operations. Today, we announce the intention to develop attractive, sustainable products. Those made from material collected in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The return to shore of the first plastic catch marks the beginning of this journey.

As this will be the first time it will be attempted to produce products fully made from plastic taken out of the ocean, the road ahead for the catch is likely going to be challenging. If all goes well, the organization expects to launch this premier product made from material collected in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in September 2020. Details of the product, pricing, and quantity are also set to be announced at this time.

They want to give their supporters the opportunity to get on board now. That’s through a 50 EUR/USD donation.  Then they get first access to the first product ever made of our verified plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. All  when it’s ready. This donation will already contribute to the removal of more ocean plastic.

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Welcoming the first catch of plastic on land was a moment they’ve been looking forward to for years. They believe they can use this trash to turn a problem into a solution. That’s by transforming this unique material into a beautiful product. As most people will never go to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. All through these products. They aim to give everyone the opportunity to take part in the cleanup. Slat remarked on the upcoming plans of The Ocean Cleanup.

Then as CNBC reports, In 2015, Florida surfers Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze embarked on a post-college trip to Bali in search of big waves. What they found were beaches buried in garbage.

But the friends also came home with a big idea for a multimillion-dollar business to help clean the world’s oceans.

Cooper, 28, and Schulze, 27, first met as college students at Florida Atlantic University, where they both studied business and graduated in 2014. The following year, the two friends set off for a three-week surfing trip to Bali, Indonesia — an island in the Indian Ocean that’s a mecca for the sport.

In addition to being popular with tourists, Indonesia is also second only to China among the world’s biggest polluters. When Cooper and Schulze arrived, they were immediately struck by the massive pollution that chokes Bali’s beaches with trash that washes up from the ocean.

“Pretty much right when we got [to the beach] the first thing we saw was an overwhelming amount of plastic,” Cooper tells CNBC Make It. It was a vista strewn with everything from plastic bottles and bags to used food containers and other refuse.

Source: The Ocean Cleanup and CNBC

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