A Dutch NGO that has cleaned up 1/1000th of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, says its technology can scale up to eliminate it completely.

  1. This is also very misleading because it's 1% for surface trash. But since only 1% of all the trash is actually on the surface this startup only actually cleaned up 1/1000. And that's saying nothing of all the new trash that was dumped while they were doing it nor of the environmental impact of their own operation. Which only shows that this is nothing but a greenwashing operation.

  2. 100 tons is about 2 fully loaded trucks. The 100 000 tons of plastic in the garbage patch is not very much. As a comparison, people use roughly 140 000 tons of plastic packaging every year in Finland (a country of 5.5 million people).

  3. This is probably not going to be popular but I always felt this guy was a better face for the environmental movement instead of Greta. He invented these machines and revised them until he was able to get them to work good. The whole time people were saying it can’t be done. And if I recall he was under 20 years old when he started. Very much the can-do mindset we need to fix our environment.

  4. Indeed, greenwashing is designed to make us feel good about ourselves while we actually do nothing that might inconvenience us. Greta on the other hand asked us to do a little effor and we can't have that, can we?

  5. That will allow us to determine whether or not this "save the planet" scheme is a fraud. If this person receives the funding he requires, then governments are committed to finding a solution to this issue. If he is unable to secure the funding he requires, it will demonstrate that raising awareness of the issue is more profitable than finding a solution.

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