In the last two decades, our ocean has suffered the most. Due to several human activities, its ecosystem has been highly affected. There are many activities responsible for ocean pollution e.g.- industry chemicals, nuclear waste, swage, thermal pollution, acid rain, oil spills, and plastics. These are not only affecting aquatic life but also playing a major role in changing the weather cycle, global warming and melting of ice in the ocean.
But at the same instance, there are some companies that are working day and night to develop the technologies to make the ocean clean and get rid of all the plastics it has. Here is a list of top six organizations which is playing a major role in ocean clean up.
What you can do?
Before starting about those companies I have a request to all my readers please check your activities is it’s nature-friendly, ask yourself. Because you might convince someone by your words but you can decently by your behavior. Change yourself others will automatically change.
- The first in our list is The Ocean Cleanup, which is led by the famous Boyan Slat. You must have heard about him. It is a non-government engineering environmental organization based in the Netherlands. It was started in 2013, the technology he developed extracts plastic pollution from the oceans. He first proposed the idea in Ted Talk in 2012. Where he talked about a floating barrier fixed to the sea bed.
The clean-up approach uses barriers in ocean gyres to scoop up marine debris as the barrier is pushed by wind and current. The project was conducted in North Pacific Gyre aims to launch a total of 60 such systems in the patch by 2021. They predict this capability could clean up 50% of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years.
- Oceana: – Oceana is the largest organization in the world solely devoted to marine conservation. It was established in 2001 by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Since its founding, Oceana has achieved hundreds of concrete policy victories for marine life and habitats. As part of its campaigns, Oceana is involved in efforts to end major sources of ocean pollution such as oil, mercury, aquaculture, and shipping emissions. In addition to that, the organization also campaigns for the protection of vulnerable places in the oceans, including the Arctic, the Aleutian Islands, the Mediterranean and Chile’s Juan Fernandez Islands, among others. Though it is not developing any technology but very effective and popular in ocean cleaning mission thus included here.
- Seabin Project: – The Seabin Project is installing floating garbage bins (with a pump and filtration center) at harbors, marinas, and other major hotspots, cleaning up garbage and oil floating in the water. These hotspots are considered some of the major sources of ocean littering. According to the data given by the company, on average, an individual Seabin catches around3 pounds of garbage per day, which is about a half a ton of debris a year. With the simple mission to rid the planet’s oceans of pollution, the Seabin Project recognizes that ultimately, like many other problems in the world, the ultimate solution to ocean pollution lies with education and systemic change. Consequently, the organization has developed an open-source education program for schools to learn more about the oceanic littering problem and the solutions available. They are also actively involved in industry participation, legislation, and lobbying.
- Recycling Technologies:- A British company Recycling Technologies has developed a revolutionary technology that turns all forms of plastic products into virgin plastic, wax, and oils, called Plaxx. This includes materials traditionally considered unrecyclable. In 2018 the company had raised £3.7 million from crowdfunding, 200 percent more than their £1.2 million targets. The company aims to leverage these funds in order to add 10 million tons of plastic recycling capacity worldwide by 2027. Moreover, they hope their technology will“close the circle on the cradle-to-grave lifecycle of plastic.”
- Origin Materials: – As you know bottles made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate) have been recyclable, but there are many other plastics that cannot be recycled. In fact, some bottles have only 30 % of recyclable materials. The company Origin Materials (formerly Micromidas) aim to manufacture plastic bottles from completely renewable biomass materials, such as sawdust and cardboard. The company has produced bottles with up to 80 percent renewable materials at a pilot plant and is aiming to produce 100 percent bio-based bottles at a commercial scale in the coming years.
Effect of these sea cleaning organizations
You can see each of these companies or organizations had the main aim to clean the ocean. But “The world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest business opportunities.” While ocean waste is definitely a problem, it is also an opportunity for innovative problem-solving. And once this changed into business the problem will never end because it will not let anyone to find the permanent solution. These days many activities have this fear regarding current environmental problems.