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This Floating Platform Could Filter the Plastic From Our Polluted Oceans


Green Lifestyle  (tags: oceans, plastic debris, recycling plastic, waste reduction )

Nancy
- 90 days ago - archdaily.com
Behind this remarkable reality lies an uncomfortable fact: plastic is an extremely durable material, taking 500 years to biodegrade, yet it's designed to be used for an average of 5 minutes, and so it's thrown away.



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Ben Oscarsito (317)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 7:22 am
I read about this a while ago, the best idea I've seen so far...So letís get to work!
 

Teresa W. (692)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 7:51 am
great idea
 

Natasha Salgado (537)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 8:22 am
Genius!
 

David F. (14)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 9:38 am
i would start to consider any such idea of SHOVELING AFTER THE ELEFANT if and ONLY IF at least 200% of all costs were paid by the elefantic producers of the sh*t being removed.
 

Jinny L. (71)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 11:12 am
Sounds promising. The oceans due to human neglect (using them as a "human" garbage dump need all the help they can get and it is up to us to do so. Second time trying to comment. Thanks Nancy.
 

Dave C. (216)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 1:19 pm
great idea...lets get it going
 

Birgit W. (147)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 1:49 pm
Great idea, but we have to stop polluting our oceans.
 

Jane H. (136)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 2:11 pm
Wow! sounds wonderful! TY, Nancy!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 3:16 pm
Seems like a good idea.
 

holly masih (64)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 5:06 pm
kool.go for it.
 

aj E. (163)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 6:02 pm
interesting.
 

Nyack Clancy (445)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 9:54 pm
Noted- thank you
 

june t. (66)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 11:47 pm
what are we waiting for?
 

Kerry Fowler (20)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 12:48 am
Wonderful idea! This just make me wonder why it takes so long to get the go ahead! If this can really help to clean our oceans, then lets get on with it. The oceans need all the help it can get! Good luck!
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (45)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 12:52 am
Noted. Interesting!
Thanks Nancy.
 

rita uljee (5)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 1:17 am
seems like a terrific solution to the problem very promising thanks for the article.
 

Julie W. (21)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 4:23 am
Sounds good, but why no pictures? It seems there should have been, but they didn't show up.
 

linda newman (3109)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 4:25 am
noted
 

Fi T. (16)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 4:36 am
How about dealing with the root of the problem - stop using plastics?
 

Danuta Watola (1204)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 4:43 am
noted
 

Panchali Yapa (13)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 5:07 am
Thank you
 

gabriele jefferson (148)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 6:30 am
noted, shared on fb, twitter, g+, thx.
 

Sarah Ellissa Markey (39)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 9:24 am
Noted.
 

Demy L. (49)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 12:48 pm
great!
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 12:59 pm
Sounds good-now build them and get to work saving the oceans from human stupidity.
 

Teresa B. (47)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 1:04 pm
Fantastic idea! Needs to be started PRONTO. Thanks, Nancy.
 

Peggy Peters (1)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 1:15 pm
This sounds very promising!! I consider this to be a very good start to a long overdue and tedious process!!!
 

Ruth S. (304)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 4:03 pm
Super!
 

Kate Kenner (201)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 4:08 pm
It would be excellent if the root of the problem was solved-no more plastic-but that is not going to happen so we need what I call the bandaid solution. Do something that will not end the use of plastic but will serve for the interim of of whoever solution is finally found-if there is one. This will help at any rate and plastics in the homes of others will be taken out and they will be less at risk. Sure it would be nice if those responsible would take care of the cost but does anyone really think that is going to happen. Meanwhile kudos for developing this platform.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 4:22 pm
Its a step in the right direction. Sounds like it would help. Now if they could make it to work with all sort of materials would be even better. Thanks Nancy
 

GGmaSheila D. (172)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 5:08 pm
Agree it's great idea...now let's get moving on it before all the sealife is gone. Thanks.
 

Dan(iel)) M. (25)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 7:52 pm
Noted. What a great concept.
 

A F. (132)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 9:34 pm
thank you
 

Henriette Matthijssen (145)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 11:17 pm
Hope it works cleaning up the mess humanity has created! Thanks Nancy for posting this great news.
 

Marija Mohoric (47)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:52 am
great, zks
 

Katherine May Williams (0)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:46 am
Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 7:28 am
Noted, good idea. Though "it's designed to be used for an average of 5 minutes, and so it's thrown away." is obviously and idiotic statement.
 

Jamie Clemons (282)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 9:48 am
Sounds like sci fi. I am not sure exactly how this is supposed to work or what the filtering mechanism is. I have questions about exactly how it filters a variety of different sized particles without also filtering out plankton and sea life. How large is this floating warehouse? How many of them does it take? If you need one every few miles and 65 people each one how many resources would it take to cover the hundred and thousands of square miles of ocean. An ounce of prevention is equal to a pound of cure.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 10:23 am
Hawaii has banned plastic bags. They are being replaced with paper bags and corn start plastic that dissolves in water. This is the start of removing the source of the problem. But, here is a 21st century job, cleaning up the mess created by 19th century thinking.
 

Beverly C. (0)
Saturday July 26, 2014, 6:20 pm
VERY INTERESTING AND WORKABLE, BUT WE'D NEED A MULTITUDE OF THEM TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN OCEANS CLEAN-UP.
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (263)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 8:06 pm
cool when do the start
In the meantime people need to be more conscious of what they throw away and particulary where it's dumped
 

Helen Porter (40)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 8:42 pm
sounds good
 

Craig Pittman (46)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 3:12 am
The concept is certainly good. Now if only we'd stop using this stuff and dumping it into our oceans. Thanks Nancy.
 

Jennifer H. (1)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 8:45 pm
I wonder how the filtering is going to work. Tiny particles vs milk jug?
 

Debbie Crowe (78)
Monday October 6, 2014, 3:19 am
Great idea. Let's do it.
 
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