Four technologies tackling the problem of plastic pollution in rivers

Most ocean plastic starts off in rivers. From bubble curtains to googly-eyed trash wheels, here are four technologies designed to intercept river plastic before it gets to the sea. Last month The Ocean Cleanup turned its attention to river plastic and launched the Interceptor, a floating device it claims can harvest up to 100,000 kilograms […]

The Ocean Cleanup launches system to catch plastic waste in rivers

Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup has launched the Interceptor, an autonomous system for collecting plastic pollution from rivers before it reaches the sea. The organisation said the solar-powered system would augment its ongoing efforts to remove marine plastic waste from the oceans. “To truly rid the oceans of plastic, we need to both clean up […]

Shed prints plastic pollution on walls to highlight the problem of ocean waste

London pop-up store Pass on Plastic was decorated floor to ceiling with wallpaper depicting plastic waste to serve as a visual reminder to consumers of the growing problem of ocean plastic. The temporary store which ran in London until earlier this year was intended to raise awareness of the use of single-use plastic products, which […]

Pornhub launches Dirtiest Porn Ever campaign to clean up the world’s oceans

Adult video website Pornhub has filmed a movie on a litter-filled beach to raise money to remove plastic from the world’s oceans. Every time the Dirtiest Porn Ever is played Pornhub will make a donation to Ocean Polymers – a non-profit organisation that is planning to launch a ship to collect and reprocess plastic from the sea. “We’re […]

Plastic collected by The Ocean Cleanup will be burned to generate electricity

Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup plans to burn some of the plastic it collects from the Pacific Ocean, Dezeen has learned. Designers and environmentalists say the move “makes no sense”. The organisation told Dezeen that most of the plastic it harvests with its floating rigs will be recycled, with the remainder burned in waste-to-power plants. […]

Filtration Skyscrapers in the oceans could “solve environmental and energy problems” around the world

Architectural designer and visualiser Honglin Li has proposed deploying floating high-rise waste-to-energy plants fuelled by plastic waste to clean up the oceans while generating electricity. The sci-fi proposal, called Filtration Skyscraper, imagines placing unmanned towers on abandoned oil rigs in parts of the oceans where plastic waste accumulates. Sophisticated machinery in the conceptual towers would […]

“I don’t believe we’re going to clean up the oceans” says Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch

Eliminating plastic from the seas is not possible and instead new materials need to be developed to replace plastic, according to the founder of Parley for the Oceans. Cyrill Gutsch, who founded the organisation to tackle ocean pollution, made the claim in an exclusive interview with Dezeen. “To be very honest, I don’t believe that […]

The Ocean Cleanup redeployed to tackle Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The floating Ocean Cleanup device has been upgraded and returned to sea in a second attempt to catch the mass of plastic waste circulating in the Pacific Ocean. After being installed at the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) in September last year, the system – nicknamed Wilson – broke down in January 2019 after […]

The Ocean Cleanup labelled “a dream that seduced many people”

Sustainability experts have questioned the validity of The Ocean Cleanup, an initiative designed to scoop plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean. “I’m not saying it’s a hoax; rather [it’s] a dream that seduced many people and donors,” said Italian environmentalist and TV presenter Cristina Gabetti. “And we all fell for it.” “The science community is […]

Brodie Neill replaces sand with microplastic in contemporary hourglass

Designer Brodie Neill has created a contemporary hourglass filled with microplastic instead of sand to highlight the issue of ocean plastic pollution. The Capsule hourglass, which is filled with microplastic collected by Neill in Tasmania where he grew up, is an open-edition piece. “The hourglass seeks to draw attention to the scale of the problem […]

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