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New cleanup array could start scooping up ocean plastic within a year

No one enjoys the idea of eating a mouthful of plastic when they bite into a piece of fish, yet the massive amount of the stuff we’ve dumped in the ocean has made its way. While there’s no way we’ve yet discovered of wiping all our traces out of the ecosystem, there is hope on the horizon thanks to a recent announcement from The Ocean Cleanup.

As Inhabitat reports, a new design that floats through the ocean like the plastic itself is to thank for the breakthrough:

They once estimated their array could clean up 42 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years – now with their groundbreaking new arrays, they will be able to scoop up 50 percent of the patch’s plastic just five years. Even more exciting, deployment will start within the next 12 months – two years earlier than expected.

Now, all we have to do is stop dumping.

Here’s a simulation of how it will work:

Full story at Inhabitat.

Saving the ocean.

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