New technology effective at filtering ocean plastics without harming sea life

Plastic recovered from our ocean's gyres

Plastic recovered from our ocean’s gyres

The plastic pollution in our oceans is a killing our marine life. Sea birds, seals and other marine animals and mammals are turning up dead with lots of plastic in their stomachs that they mistook for food. The problem is that so much of this plastic is small fragments, making it extremely difficult to simply scoop up and recover.

Of the more than 200 billion pounds of plastic the world produces each year, about 10 percent ends up in the ocean Plastic constitutes 90 percent of all trash floating in the world’s oceans, with estimates that every square mile of the ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. In some areas, the amount of plastic outweighs the amount of plankton by a ratio of six to one.

A new promising technology has been unveiled by the Gyre Harvest Project that effectively and efficiently filters plastic particulates from ocean waters without harming sea life.

This ground-breaking technology is the culmination of a seven-year engineering project during which time numerous prototypes were designed, built and tested. The current plan is to construct a full-sized, fully functional model that will be capable of filtering plastics of any size – both massive and miniscule. The machines have been designed to be both inexpensive and highly effective, with the filtering process itself actually propelling the units, cutting down on fuel consumption.

Gyre Harvestor prototypeGyre Harvest has just launched a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter to raise the initial money to build its first full-sized, fully functional filtration vessel. Project organizers are confident that the modest dollar amount associated with funding this program will be raised in near record time, demonstrating the average citizen’s pressing concern for the health of the world’s oceans and its impact on the global environment.

A documentary is being produced to follow the project from the initial prototypes to the first test sail of the scale model and beyond.

Given this breakthrough technology and the continually growing problem of plastic pollution and its devastating effects on marine life, this is a project that deserves to be funded as quickly as possible. To learn more or to pledge to this important campaign, click here.

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