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    • Adele Peters

      Thanks for sharing! I absolutely agree that reducing plastic waste at the source should be our priority—and perhaps the ultimate best use of design concepts like these is just to remind us all of the real problem. Still, the fact remains that there's already plastic in the oceans, and I think it's worth exploring solutions to that. There are clearly tremendous barriers, and this design is in the very earliest stages, but I think from a design perspective we have to think optimistically: just because the solution hasn't yet been found doesn't mean it can't be...

  • Sarah Hollis

    Taken from their website:


    The last couple of days several (spontaneous) articles have been published, claiming The Ocean Cleanup Array is a 'feasible method' of extracting plastic from the gyres.
    This is an incorrect statement; we are currently only at about 1/4th of completing our feasibility study. Only after finishing that study, we believe such statements should be made. Although the preliminary results look promising, and our team of about 50 engineers, modellers, external experts and students is making good progress, we had and have no intention of presenting a concept as a feasible solution while still being in investigative phase.

    Please stay tuned for this study, which will be published online in several months' time.
    We kindly request the press to refrain from any further publication, untill all assumptions of this concept have been confirmed.

    Thank you."

  • Merilyn Tang

    I am interested to see how it would differentiate between plankton and plastic pieces that may be similarly sized...!

  • Chaotic Monk

    I would love to see if this concept could be used to clean river and lake water in countries like India. It would help cleaning up a lot of mess!