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IPFS News Link • Environment

Ocean Plastic Removal is Working

• by Brian Wang

Mission One took their first plastic catch onshore, in Vancouver Canada. The plastic trash will be transformed into sustainable products that will be sold to help fund the continuation of the cleanup operations. To confirm the origin of these future plastic products, we have worked with DNV GL, an international classification society, to verify plastic that is removed from the ocean.

The first mission in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was to confirm the concept of passive plastic collection by means of the natural forces of the ocean. After several ups and downs, in October 2019, they announced that the system was capturing and collecting plastic debris, from massive ghost nets down to microplastics one millimeter in size.