The numbers behind the big tech news
NUMBER OF TONS OF PLASTIC IN THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH BEING TARGETED BY THE OCEAN CLEANUP PROJECT. The aim is to use a high tech, U-shaped boom, dubbed the Ocean Cleanup System 001, to trawl for plastic as small as 1mm without harming local marine life. The Project’s clean-up efforts are a veritable drop in the ocean, however. It’s estimated that nine million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year.