As we are all now fully aware just how harmful plastic waste is to the environment, a floating device is currently trawling the oceans picking up after generations of irresponsible wastage.
The Ocean Cleanup, a project established to cleanse the oceans of plastic waste, has redeployed their ocean hoover called “Wilson” after it broke down in early 2019, with a number of key updates they hope will help capture more harmful plastic waste and clean our oceans.
The Ocean Cleanup initiative was setup to eventually remove an estimated 90% of plastic waste from the world’s oceans using the Wilson, named after the Tom Hanks character from the film “Castaway”.
How does the Wilson pick-up all that plastic waste? Well, it is essentially a giant C-shaped tube that acts as a floating coastline. It can trap up to 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic floating, including the micro plastics found inside ocean animals, in the ocean.
Currently the Wilson is deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where content sized clumps of plastic currently reside, with the hopes of a further 59 waste collection “Wilson” rings being added to oceans around the world in due course.
Of the 448 million tones of plastic made each year, between 5.3 million and 14 million tones are washing up on coastal regions, and it is increasing.
It is not just affecting beaches, ocean animals are drowning under the immense volume of plastic waste.
An estimated 700 ocean species from zooplankton to whales, including endangered ones, are known to being immediately harmed by plastic waste.
That is why it is so important to not only stop using single-use cups, plates, bags, and bottles.
For more information on The Ocean Cleanup and to follow the Wilson’s journey visit Ocean Cleanup online.