Effort Dubbed Largest Ocean Clean-Up In History Hits Big Snags

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Effort Dubbed Largest Ocean Clean-Up In History Hits Big Snags

The Ocean Cleanup says its new technology can clean up 90% of the ocean plastic but faces criticism for its partners, methods, and green costs.

A worldwide project called The Ocean Cleanup announced it successfully tested a new technology that it hopes will help clear 90% of all ocean waste, but critics say it is not the way to solve the problem. The non-profit organization was founded by Boyan Slat when he was just 18 years old. Slat, passionate about the ocean, gained international recognition when he invented his first autonomous ocean cleanup system. His first design was a failure and his upgraded design, while more efficient, has cost problems. Plastic and waste in the ocean have become a real environmental nightmare. While several organizations work on ocean clean-up projects others assure the problem should be dealt with upstream by removing plastic from our daily use products.

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The Ocean Cleanup said their new technology, Jenny-System 002, has passed all tests and is ready to scale up, but the organization received pressure for their methods and costs. CEO and founder Slat assures the Jenny system is an advanced ocean technology solution, but from the outside, the Jenny system is a simple U-shaped barrier dragged by two fossil-fuel-powered vessels. Additionally, only a small fraction of the plastic polluting the world’s oceans is made up of fragments large enough to float and be caught up in a surface net.

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