Project Kaisei seeks to solve the Plastic Vortex

the-plastic-vortex2-300x172Project Kaisei – a group of innovators, scientists, environmentalists, ocean lovers, sailors, and sports enthusiasts – have come together to find remedy to undo one of our most serious man-made environmental disasters – the ever-growing Plastic Vortex.

Their first mission –  to study ways to capture marine debris in the North Pacific Gyre and possible retrieval and processing techniques that could potentially be used to detoxify and recycle these materials into diesel fuel – is scheduled for this summer. They’ll begin with the largest area of the Vortex in the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone – northeast of Hawaii and the-plastic-vortex1approximately five days by boat from the San Francisco area. The team plans to collect plastic and other debris samples from the ocean to showcase new technologies that will be used for processing and recycling.

the-plastic-vortex1-150x104It’s estimated that over 60% of the plastic and other wastes (including rubber and aluminum) in the ocean come from land-based sources. And, from all accounts, this environmental nightmare is growing exponentially, posing an enormous threat to marine life.

Recognized by the United Nations Environment Program, Project Kaisei was recently selected as one of less than ten global Climate Heroes leading up to climate change talks in Copenhagen this December.