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Cleaning plastic from our oceans - The Ocean Cleanup Venture

John Broomfield

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It would be good to hear from our colleagues in cosmetics to understand how microplastic beads were added to their products without regard for where they’d end up.


Captain Nice
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Microplastics found in human stools for the first time

Great Pacific garbage patch - Wikipedia

Huge barrier isn't trapping plastic waste in Pacific Ocean

Plastic waste from Europe and USA ends up in the Arctic

I've been reading about the plastic problem for a number of years.

Then again... Just watched Last Call at the Oasis from 2011 this morning. Plastics are probably the least of the world's worries as they're for the most part not toxic. But again - Nothing actually surprising to an old man like me.

Not to mention pollution from 'fracking': Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water

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Sidney Vianna

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The Ocean Cleanup chooses DNV GL to verify the origin of their ocean plastic - DNV GL

Vancouver BC, Canada – December 12, 2019 – The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, has brought the first batch of ocean plastic to shore following their first mission to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest accumulation of plastic waste in the world, spanning an area of 1.6 million square kilometers. This plastic trash will be transformed into products that will be sold to contribute to the funding of continued cleanup operations. To confirm the origin of these future plastic products, The Ocean Cleanup has selected DNV GL as their assurance partner to verify the plastic is from the ocean.
“To bring transparency to the market, we asked the leading certification body DNV GL to launch a standard, to certify that ocean plastic is actually 100% plastic taken from the ocean. DNV GL followed every step of ocean plastic and will continue to do so, to be able to confirm if the plastic in our products truly is 100% coming from the ocean,” says Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup.
Oceans | The Ocean Cleanup This could be a breakthrough as it is energy neutral (they are not paying for energy, at least not to collect the plastic) and the plastic itself is free. I have seen Boyan Slat's name in the past: Boyan Slat - Wikipedia

The next question is as to how they sort out the recyclables but the first issue is rounding up all the plastic in the first place. Then again, this could be the next step Converting Plastic to Oil "Plastic2Oil® is a clean energy company that recycles waste plastic into liquid fuels. PTO's proprietary Plastic2Oil® technology can deliver economic and environmental benefits by replacing refined fuels and diverting waste plastic from landfills " The waste does not apparently have to be sorted.
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