The Ocean Cleanup

Taking all plastic out of Ocean


Trash accumulates in five ocean garbage patches, the largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The plastic will impact our ecosystems, health, and economies. 


Solving it requires a combination of closing the source and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean.


A full-scale deployment of the system is estimated to clean up 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every five years.

Courtesy - The Ocean Cleanup

Courtesy - The Ocean Cleanup


The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive system, using the natural oceanic forces to catch and concentrate the plastic. Both the plastic and system are being carried by the current.


Waves, winds, and currents make the plastic move in a certain manner. The same forces will act on our roaming systems, causing them to gravitate to the areas in the garbage patch with the highest concentration of plastic.


The more cleanup systems released, the more plastic will be collected. Computation models show a full-scale deployment will lead to a 50% reduction of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years’ time.

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