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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.

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