SPECIAL PLASTIC CLEANER FOR BEACHES
Just like the recently successful “The Ocean Clean” ocean cleaning machine, this is one of our new discoveries.
When the oceans become plastic, we see a continuous uphill development in the beaches and islands around the world to control plastic waste on the shore, especially to collect millions of small microplastics that are almost impossible to separate from sand.
Nevertheless, officials in Hawaii hope that the new project, developed by a Canadian mechanical engineering team, will manage to remove small plastics from the state coast without affecting the sands. Developed by twelve students from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, the plastic broom was named Hoola One and was originally developed as a school project. Sam Duval, co-founder of Hoola One, said that he and his classmates were inspired after watching a video called “Garbage Beach”, tragically described as one of the dirtiest places on Kamilo Beach, southeast of Hawaii’s big island.
Ocean streams transport plastic and other wastes to Kamilo, 90% of which are from the Great Pacific Waste Patch. Like every vacuum cleaner, the giant machine uses a large water tank and a hand-held hose to suck plastic and sand. As the plastic swims to the top of the water, the sand sinks to the bottom, thus returning to the beach.
When a prototype of the machine was tested at Kamilo beach in April 2018, students faced several technical problems. However, in the end they were able to overcome the roughness and come a long way. The team has left behind the Hoola One prototype as a donation, and they are now on their way to producing other versions, both smaller and larger. Thus, they expect to receive investment from both public and private sectors immediately.
According to the UN, ocean pollution has reached large proportions in which about 100 million tonnes of plastic can be found in planetary oceans. 80% to 90% of this comes from land-based sources, ie unconscious people. In a report for the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, it was predicted that by 2050, plastic waste in the ocean would outweigh all fish but this is about to change.
However, with new inventions such as Hoola One and The Ocean Cleanup Project, we hope that human creativity will succeed in clearing up the large waste we collect on beaches around the world.
We want to hear such news from our country recently.