Although the voyage was not all smooth sailing, the first mission of the Ocean Cleanup project has been successfully completed, with plastic waste collected from the Pacific Ocean on public display off the coast of Vancouver. It is reported that the task collected plastic waste will be re-made into a variety of plastic products, the proceeds will be used for the second marine clean-up activities.
In October last year, The Ocean Cleanup first entered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to collect plastic waste from huge floats. But the first attempt failed, and after repairs and adjustments in January, the redeployment took place in the middle of the year. The team then confirmed that plastic waste had been successfully collected in October this year.
Now that the team has completed its first formal attempt at passively collecting marine litter, the team has dragged the results of its labor back to base. The collected plastics include large plastics such as giant braids and containers, as well as microplastics as small as one millimeter.
After successfully collecting plastic waste, the team also faces a new challenge — how to make the waste collected from the ocean into a qualified and available product. The team plans to use waste to make “attractive, sustainable” products, which will go on sale in September 2020.
“The landing of the first marine litter is an important moment we’ve been looking forward to for years,” said Boyan Slat, chief executive of Ocean Cleanup. I believe we can find solutions to turn this unique material into a beautiful product. Probably most people won’t be in Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the rest of their lives, but we want to give everyone the opportunity to participate in the cleanup. “