Listen: Ocean Cleanup Project Finally Collects Plastic From Great Pacific Garbage Patch
"Philip now the creator of the device designed to pick up plastic from a massive island of rubbish in the Pacific Ocean says it's set collected plastic successfully for the first time the great Pacific garbage patch is three times the size of France let's speak to the creator of the ocean cleanup projects a boy in slot welcome to the program thank you this is incredible this this thing that you have created but I'm I'm just fascinated still by the great Pacific garbage patch being three times the size of front it couldn't be easy to to actually go then place your device in it wasn't easy. well no I think it it basically took five years for us to get to this point we actually had to do a lot of the research itself trying to map the great Pacific garbage patch with thirty Bucks on that plane we had to do Candace experiments and all the while we traded the the design and of course now now with this campaign with our first system in the package it's a thousand miles of shore it's one of the harshest environments on the face of the planet so just getting something that stays in one piece and actually works was so yeah definitely no hard and we from the outset indeed how how big is it describes as I'm looking at a picture online and it's just like it in a net and there's lots of barrels in it it seems to be made out of plastic itself. yeah so the current system is roughly a hundred and forty meters and in size so it's still a relatively small compared to what we eventually plan to deploy but the purpose here really was to to prove the fundamental principles behind it it's the analogy that we sometimes draw is size the price flock flyer from the Wright brothers obviously that wasn't the plane that was going to cost the the ocean but at least it allows us to prove the prince well it sounds like quite a task but it well that has been collecting plastic to tell us how how does it actually work. yeah so basically what we do is we create an artificial coastline there where there is no coastline so these that plastic flowed through the ocean powered by the the wind by the way it is yes yeah what what we do is we put a U. shaped barrier in the ocean and we slowed down by attaching a quite a big anchor to it I was sort of a parachute shaped device that slows it down which creates a difference in speed between the plastic in the system so the system moves slower than the plastic and that way we use the natural force of the ocean to let the the plastic catch and concentrated so okay doesn't collect Michael plastics and can name anything actually escape underneath underneath the device that you have. yes so what we now enhance this week is that we've actually been able to collect debris meters in size so the big discarded touching at all the way down to really in the micro plastic grapes one millimeter size plastics have been collected of course there's plans even smaller box yet Brady that the bulk of the mass is one millimeter and larger that's pretty impressive so the could this be the onset then to collecting all the plastic pollution in in the world's oceans well I I would say it's it's part of the mix of solutions that we need to of course once I think equally critical is is to promote classic from ending up in the first place in the ocean is first place so so of course you know we can solve this problem if the if the tap isn't closed but I think it yeah that it is the first time that there is a device that allows us to collect old size classes of plastic that's already"