The Pacific garbage patch is twice the size of Texas and contains an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of debris. Last month, @theoceancleanup launched the in-sea test phase of their initiative to collect plastic from the garbage patch. The nonprofit designed a free-floating shoreline-like device comprised of unmoored booms that will herd the trash into recoverable piles. The creators claim their system can remove 90% of the patch’s plastic by 2040. It is important to note that the system can only catch pieces larger than a few millimeters and will not detect microplastics, a major player in climate change. But the test phase was promisingly successful, giving the project a green light. While Ocean Cleanup heads the project in the Pacific, it’s important we do everything we can to ensure plastic will not continue to accumulate in the ocean. What creates the most plastic waste in your life? Tag a company that you think needs to reduce the single-use plastic in their packaging. Head to the ACT button on our Linktree to see how you can get involved. ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ #YEARSproject #singleuseplastic #oceancleanup #plastic #microplastic #pacficgarbagepatch #northamericangyre - The Years Project

The Pacific garbage patch is twice the size of Texas and contains an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of debris. Last month, @theoceancleanup launched the in-sea test phase of their initiative to collect plastic from the garbage patch. The nonprofit designed a free-floating shoreline-like device comprised of unmoored booms that will herd the trash into recoverable piles. The creators claim their system can remove 90% of the patch’s plastic by 2040. It is important to note that the system can only catch pieces larger than a few millimeters and will not detect microplastics, a major player in climate change. But the test phase was promisingly successful, giving the project a green light. While Ocean Cleanup heads the project in the Pacific, it’s important we do everything we can to ensure plastic will not continue to accumulate in the ocean. What creates the most plastic waste in your life? Tag a company that you think needs to reduce the single-use plastic in their packaging. Head to the ACT button on our Linktree to see how you can get involved. ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ #YEARSproject #singleuseplastic #oceancleanup #plastic #microplastic #pacficgarbagepatch #northamericangyre