The Great Pacific garbage patch is a collection of plastic and floating trash originates from the Pacific Rim, including countries in Asia, North America, and South America. Cleaning the “two enormous masses of ever-growing garbage” is quite the daunting task, but with technologies like the 4Ocean Mobile Skimmer, we may be closer than ever to solving this issue. Some of the plastic found in the patch is over 50 years old, and includes fragments of plastic lighters, toothbrushes, water bottles, pens, baby bottles, cell phones, and plastic bags. Read more for a video and additional information.
Measuring slightly over 22 feet long and sporting retractable arms that give the vessel a wingspan of almost 13 feet, the 4Ocean Mobile Skimmer is going to be a game-changer for cleaning the world’s oceans. It requires just a few people to run it, and they’ll be able to collect much more plastic in much less time than with other methods.
Cleaning the ocean is hard work for our captains and crews. Over the last couple of years, as we’ve continued to scale up our cleanup operations in high impact areas, it became clear that we needed to up our technology game. So we got to work building the new custom 4ocean Mobile Skimmer, which will be a powerful new tool in the fight against ocean plastic,” said the company.