The Ocean Cleanup | Technology Explained


1.8 trillion pieces of plastic float at the
surface of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Here, The Ocean Cleanup is deploying the world’s first technological solution to this growing problem. The principle behind it is simple: create
a coastline where there are none… concentrate the plastic… and take it out. The system consists of a 600-meter-long floater and a 3-meter-deep skirt attached below. The floater provides buoyancy to the system…and prevents plastic from flowing over it, while the skirt prevents smaller particles from escaping underneath. As the impenetrable skirt creates a downward flow, marine life can safely pass beneath it. Here is how the system catches plastic: The system takes advantage of three natural oceanic forces: wind, waves, and currents. Both the plastic and system are being carried by the current. However, wind and waves propel the system only, as the floater partly sticks above the surface, while plastic is primarily just beneath it. The system thus moves faster than the plastic, allowing the plastic to be captured. The skirt extends deeper in the middle of
the system than on the outer edges. As the current applies pressure on the skirt, the system naturally adopts a U-shape which enables it to concentrate plastic in its center, like a funnel. The drag generated by the skirt also acts
as a stabilizing force allowing the system to re-orient itself when the wind changes
direction. And because the system – like the plastic
– is free floating, it automatically drifts to the areas with the highest plastic concentration. Fitted with solar-powered lights, anti-collision systems, cameras, sensors and satellite antennas, the system actively communicates its position at all times and continuously gathers performance data. Periodically, a support vessel comes by to take out the concentrated plastic like a garbage truck of the ocean. The plastic is then transported to land, recycled, and made into durable products. This is the first of a fleet of 60 systems. Once deployed, the fleet is expected to clean
up 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every 5 years.

100 Comments

  1. Roslyn Douglas said:

    Its an admirable start

    June 15, 2019
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  2. XSquibX said:

    Great presentation and I hope it works in reality… but some reason, I have my doubts. O.o

    June 15, 2019
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  3. Turborave said:

    143 people love plastic in the ocean.. also, SKIRT!~

    June 15, 2019
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  4. Bijesh Nagesh said:

    #PROUDAF

    June 16, 2019
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  5. Christine Jessica said:

    Thank you!

    June 18, 2019
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  6. Instituto Escola Do Mar - IEMar said:

    Excelente ver acontecer ideia e projeto imaginado e apresentado a Bhrama e a Universidade Estácio de Sá na década de 90. Naquela ocasião as áreas de governança eram pouco prestigiadas, alias ainda hoje pouco são diante dos graves problemas ambientais. Queremos muito contribuir e descobrir como fazê-lo através da nossa ONG, criada em janeiro desse ano.

    June 23, 2019
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  7. Lyubomir Ikonomov said:

    Ban plastic and establish new self conscious way of living and thinking is out of the question.

    June 24, 2019
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  8. Mainul Hassan said:

    Recently a legendary invention has been done by Bangladeshi scientist. The product is biodegradable poly film. It is not plastic film. It is looked like poly plastic but not plastic. The product is made from renewable material. It is 100% water soluble, 100% biodegradable, 100% degradable in ocean, 100% home compostable, 100% degradable in soil, 100% recyclable for many many times, no green house gas or methane gas will be produced when it will be degraded with soil. Rather when it will degraded with soil; it produces natural fertilizer which increases the fertility of land. It is eatable for animals/ocean animals/birds. Because animal stomach enzyme is capable to digest it. This bio film is stronger than any other biodegradable film/ fossil plastic/petro plastic. It is made from cellulose. Not made from starch. It is more cheap than any other starch base bio film in price and cheap like poly plastic. If the whole world use it; our ocean will be safe.

    June 26, 2019
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  9. Keshav Goyal said:

    this is amazing but what about the organisms who float. like physalia.

    June 27, 2019
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  10. Keshav Goyal said:

    what about phytoplanktons which primarily float.

    June 27, 2019
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  11. Blandine G. said:

    Amazingly simple

    June 27, 2019
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  12. Gregory Reshetniak said:

    This rocks! I wish there was more funding towards such companies…

    June 29, 2019
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  13. Todd McNabney said:

    Now to fine China for contribution to the problem.

    June 30, 2019
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  14. Natalia Livonof said:

    Why is aloud to dump garbage from a ship, that is fucking stuppid, try to emagine how muth garbage a crice ship dump evry time it sail out, garbage it cut easy burn on the ship or on land, why first dump it in the ocean and after try to clean it up 5 years after someone els did dump it, stop dump garbage in the ocean from eny ship att all or platform.

    July 2, 2019
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  15. Cody Lastanski said:

    What about nano plastic at certain depths. I'd think about creating a submersible net it's would almost be like a blanket like material. It would have to stay ridgid. I'd also add a low frequency sonar to deter marine life away during the filtration of certain areas. I'd take this basic design and make a small scale to test if this invention would work for catching nano plastics.

    July 6, 2019
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  16. Antal Kovacs said:

    great initiative!

    July 7, 2019
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  17. Linda Ness said:

    how is this being paid for??

    July 8, 2019
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  18. andrei_tanase said:

    So how's it going so far?

    July 12, 2019
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  19. Mustafa Aljasem said:

    don't get why people throw trash like there is a trash can for a reason

    July 14, 2019
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  20. motor head1 said:

    Awesome

    July 24, 2019
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  21. fahmid hasan said:

    Thanks

    July 25, 2019
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  22. J.T. koelewijn said:

    Moet je natuurlijk wel veel afval in zee blijven dumpen anders blijft dit systeem niet rendabel en aanlokkelijk voor de donatuers.

    July 27, 2019
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  23. Itzel Direm said:

    Except Recycling has not worked as expected. China and other Asian countries are sending it back to the US and it won't disappear. Watch Trevor Noah talk about here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-htnUTN4mH0&t=2s

    July 30, 2019
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  24. SandraJo Rabideaux said:

    What do they do with the plastics after they pick them up from the ocean?

    August 1, 2019
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  25. Sheldon Barore said:

    I think the bible stated that signs of the rapture is when the seas are ridden of garbage? Sorry if I'm wrong but I'm a little paranoid 😳

    August 6, 2019
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  26. Catina Mauro said:

    Do you need another to get to 100%. My fish are breathing in the crap.

    August 6, 2019
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  27. bee aem said:

    I wonder if this idea can be adapted to rivers and canals too.

    August 12, 2019
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  28. Andrey Rybchinskiy said:

    Great news. God bless.

    August 13, 2019
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  29. Гражданин Родинысвоей said:

    вот так

    August 15, 2019
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  30. runan said:

    yes, but we still need to not throw trash into the ocean (or at least much of it). We can't just rely on this technology to clean up the ocean for us, we need to do our part too.

    August 15, 2019
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  31. Jesper Christoffersen said:

    Are my replies even getting through?? Nevermind @Rifle Shooter Channel and others in denial, I'm going to continue my part of collecting coastline plastic… Thank you to Boyan Slat and the team at The Ocean Cleanup for your efforts in resolving the plastic crisis!

    August 18, 2019
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  32. Maciej Maj said:

    What share of Oceanic Plastic is recyclable?

    August 22, 2019
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  33. Ch Da said:

    💖

    August 26, 2019
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  34. Q. E. D. said:

    10 streams carry 95% of all plastic coming from rivers. 8 in Asia and 2 in africa.
    Maybe just concentrate on their sewage treatment (install plants) and introduce waste management.
    Dry up the source is way better than this. And in addition it works, unlike this attemp.
    The main problem is, those Asian countries are poor and don't care about waste management and environmental protection like most (all?) developing countries.
    We need to help them with our technology to become more sustainable.

    September 2, 2019
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  35. YOW Gyrl said:

    wow!

    September 3, 2019
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  36. Wheelz2254 Baller said:

    This is a great idea to clean up the ocean!!! Totally support

    September 6, 2019
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  37. Wheelz2254 Baller said:

    YOUR PICKING UP TRASH BUT POLLUTING THE AIR WITH THOSE BIG BOATS🤬🤬🤬😡😡😤😤

    September 6, 2019
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  38. Frederique KEMIKIAN said:

    Thank you for you are doing ! ! !

    September 9, 2019
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  39. Brain Stem said:

    who is is funding this?

    September 11, 2019
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  40. Jesper Christoffersen said:

    The Ocean Cleanup's subcount here on YouTube just got overtaken in a full sail fashion by 4Ocean! ⛵

    While plastic cleanups aren't about subcounts.. it kind of is, though. Therefore, please help initiate a little "sub rivalry" to gain both companies huge audiences!

    I'm thinking a meaningful "PewDiePie vs. T-series" like subscription race… We followers here at The Ocean Cleanup already need 500+ subs to regain our leading position. Spread the word to friends and families, and let's show'em who's got the bigger ship! 🚢

    Remember, a little rivalry is good. Coca Cola and PepsiCo made eachother (and our plastic pollution) greater. So can the cleanup companies help eachother grow similar audiences! 💪🌊

    September 12, 2019
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  41. are you kirring mi irrriya?? said:

    can someone create this?

    September 13, 2019
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  42. Michael Antonio said:

    2:12 and then thrown back in the ocean to repeat the process all over again.

    September 18, 2019
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  43. LordKellthe1st said:

    Great work! I actually got a bit emotional when i first saw this. We need much more innovation like this and stop mass consumption of course, otherwise its no use. Keep it up folks!

    October 2, 2019
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  44. Fardado07 said:

    Congratulations to the team behind this

    October 3, 2019
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  45. Dashiell Williams said:

    This deserves A LOT more views. 2 million is not enough for people to actively contribute to the cause.

    yeet skrrt

    October 4, 2019
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  46. Me Meagain said:

    Great tech. Unfortunately it's just a Band-Aid. Until countries including the U.S( yes I said U.S) stop dumping chemicals and other pollutants in the ocean, the oceans will continue to die. Yes they are dying, it may be very slow but in the past 20 years look at all the chemical spills and fish dying. The ocean floor is littered with plastics, chemicals, and even dangerous radiation in spots. You never see anything from mainstream news showing this but there are plenty of youtube vids on it. Some of the trash you can see, a lot you can't because it has been covered by sand or drifted into deep ocean trenches. Unfortunately the watchdog groups and legal means can't enforce any laws on foreign countries as long as they don't dump in international waters. Mercury levels continue to rise in tuna despite worldwide levels decreasing. The damage is done already. Just 2.5 ounces of tuna can affect a woman's fetus. I love tuna but rarely eat it. Other types of seafood has high levels of mercury and other chemicals including heavy metals.

    October 4, 2019
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  47. Илья Богданов said:

    Total a good concept for a donut, no more.

    * where to store the waste?

    * where are the waste burial sites (which is old?)

    October 5, 2019
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  48. Алексей Сергиенко said:

    ура! заработало!

    October 5, 2019
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  49. Shane Jones said:

    If people would recycle more and use less and refuse to use so many disposable items. Quit using straws, bring your own reusable cup for water. I work at a car dealer and we give away water bottles and it’s amazing to me when it’s 100° outside people come in dying of thirst and grab a water bottle. Why do you not carry one around with you in your car. Anywhere I go especially when it’s hot I carry my stainless steel water bottle full of cold water so I don’t have to get a plastic water bottle. I do not use plastic straws and I recycle 95% of everything I use! Take advantage of your curbside recycling if you don’t have it you need to push to get it

    October 6, 2019
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  50. Loren Wilson said:

    Much better to catch the plastic before it gets tossed in the rivers. Educate the world on how to properly dispose of trash and the problem is solved.

    October 8, 2019
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  51. SevScout said:

    These guys are actually making the oceans cleaner? Most of our oxigen is generated by algae in the ocean as far as I know, so they are also fighting CO2. And the media is still stuck on a kid with anger problems and way too many unreasonable expectations.

    October 8, 2019
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  52. David Davtyan said:

    Is this already working? Or only a project?

    October 9, 2019
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  53. A u t i s m o said:

    And yet we praise a 13 year old girl full of tantrums

    October 9, 2019
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  54. Tanner Barry said:

    Why isn’t this in all of the news and in everyone’s recommendations on YouTube and on everyone’s instagram? It’s because they’re following liberals who only complain about thing instead of actually act. And why aren’t rich dudes like bill gates and Elon musk sponsoring and donating and partnering to shit like this

    October 9, 2019
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  55. GLR said:

    NICE

    October 10, 2019
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  56. lorenzo said:

    Its useless… 8 million tons of plastic go in the ocean… One of those remove 60 tons of plastic in an year… You would need 135000 of those to collect all the plastic that goes in the sea in an year… that would cost billions too and there is the plastic on earth to think about too. So to remove all the plastic in the world we would need billions of dollars.p The plastic would not disappear… It cannot be burnt cause it produces toxic gasses so it can only be piled up. We would continue to produce plastic and we would be submerged by it in a few years… WORLD CLEAN UP IS AN IMPOSSIBILE TASK… WE ALREADY ARE IN THE POINT OF NO COME BACK

    October 11, 2019
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  57. fernando barduchi said:

    Greta Thunberg: miss classes to talk bullshit about envoierment and is considered an example, by the media and the democrats
    Some random person: Develops a fucking intelligent system to clean the ocean and actually comes with a solution to the problem, but the media never said anything about that

    October 11, 2019
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  58. TheOne said:

    Meantime people prefer to listen to a young ridiculous girl with autism. Which has no solution at all.

    October 12, 2019
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  59. João Reis said:

    This is awesome. This way we can be economical and ecological at the same time.

    October 13, 2019
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  60. Jimmy Marketti said:

    every plastic company should be required by law to contribute to the cleanup

    October 13, 2019
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  61. Ma Sheldon said:

    Better than "How dare you "girl.

    October 13, 2019
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  62. Jimmy Marketti said:

    It would cost 293 billion to do a Pacific cleanup over a ten year period 489 million per boat times 60 boats times ten years

    October 13, 2019
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  63. Megaman The Second said:

    more feel good solutions to nonexistent issues humanity made its choice a long time ago to value profit over our environment nothing has changed

    October 14, 2019
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  64. Lorenzo Pugliese said:

    who else is watching this for school

    October 14, 2019
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  65. Luke E said:

    Strap these onto cargo ships as they cross the oceans. The owners of the ships can sell the collected plastic to Coke who have just worked out how to recycle ocean plastic. Great work guys! Keep it up.

    October 15, 2019
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  66. Truth Convoy said:

    You made me so happy with this news! 👏👏👏😊

    October 20, 2019
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  67. srinivasan balakrishnan said:

    Waiting for it's deployment. Congratlations for this innovation

    October 20, 2019
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  68. Heke said:

    2018 and nothing have happent?

    October 21, 2019
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  69. Joran Van Lierde said:

    Waauuww dit veranderde mijn leven!!❤️

    October 22, 2019
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  70. Nick Tyra said:

    How big area does it cover as it collects plastic?

    October 22, 2019
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  71. Jamaluddin Rumi said:

    👏

    October 23, 2019
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  72. Erica M said:

    Next stop: Citarum River, Indonesia 😊

    October 25, 2019
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  73. Igor Gabrielan said:

    water.ai

    October 26, 2019
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  74. Connor Newman said:

    IT DOESN’T WORK

    October 29, 2019
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  75. darkspd31 said:

    Cleaning up Gen x's mess, first the housing crisis fallout, now their literal trash…what a waste of a generation, srsly

    October 31, 2019
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  76. Bashara Hadid said:

    This project is much better than those dummy 4ocean bracelet

    November 2, 2019
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  77. monica carolina ortiz said:

    👏👏👏👏👏👏👏🇦🇷

    November 2, 2019
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  78. Messerschmitt Mustang said:

    Better than that full of sh*t swedish girl who has no solution to the problem

    November 3, 2019
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  79. shafuddin fikri said:

    Thank you ❤️❤️❤️ may this will work forever

    November 3, 2019
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  80. Som Mun said:

    Hope you all have solution and action for trash on the land from asia, looks like india and indonesia, i show giant trash montain. I know they have recycling trash but not effective.
    First problem on the land, and i believe plastic on ocean will be gone

    November 4, 2019
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  81. misugijun said:

    thanks to everyone whoever contribute to this

    November 4, 2019
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  82. Broken GachaWolf said:

    Where is the goverment when we need them? 🙁

    November 4, 2019
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  83. Thabiso Nodangala said:

    One word. Wow.

    November 4, 2019
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  84. Ranoon Sumer said:

    Collection is also important. But isn't it more important not to throw it away?
    I think we need a global consensus on the influx of plastics in ocean.

    Cover this issue every day in the media and Internet media in all major countries for a month.

    I guess inflow will be reduced.

    Let's see this as the transfer of positive data.

    November 4, 2019
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  85. Kilal Googlestaffers said:

    @02:11
    We need to change our ideas of what plastic should be used for.
    The mudsill or bottom plate of a 2X4 wall would be better suited to being recycled plastic than treated lumber.
    Increase MTBF to cycles of fifty years or more.

    November 5, 2019
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  86. Truth Exposed said:

    Collect the garbage from rivers and oceans, send it to recycling, make more garbage products, throw garbage into rivers and oceans……….RINSE AND REPEAT.

    November 5, 2019
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  87. A DM said:

    Made in which country?

    November 5, 2019
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  88. vaisakh Sreedharan said:

    Appreciate 👌👌👌👏👏👏

    November 5, 2019
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  89. Death Maze Challenge said:

    Meawhile.. we produce some more. More and more. A lot more..
    If I go buy water at the supermarket, there are like 3 glass bottles on the shelf. The rest is plastic.
    If I buy 3 lemons at the marketplace, they shove a plastic bag in my face and insist that it's free.
    No it's not free.. it's gonna end up in the bin, and then in your friendly oceanic dolphin.

    November 6, 2019
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  90. Architect Rizwan said:

    Great

    November 6, 2019
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  91. Anand Narain Nath said:

    There's something fishy about this…….🤓

    November 6, 2019
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  92. Giuseppe Miceli said:

    Sooo sad that regular people have to donate to clean up this garbage. Even though our general carelessness has caused this, plastic companies have made billions if not trillions of dollars from plastics. MAKE them pay!

    November 6, 2019
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  93. Mariam Raouf said:

    Nice idea

    November 7, 2019
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  94. Tug O said:

    Something similar found in river systems in Greece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYC4Q-0wcAc&t=15s

    November 7, 2019
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  95. Angge M said:

    @MrBeast need to see this

    November 8, 2019
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  96. Jerremmie Villanueva said:

    We have new problem!!! What about our space junks orbiting our planet ??

    November 8, 2019
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  97. keshav said:

    Where u would put this garbage after cleaning from ocean?
    Just a query.
    It can't be recycled completely as I think. 🤔🤔🤔

    November 8, 2019
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  98. Husni Dzulkarnain said:

    Now : The OCEAN CLEANUP

    Future : The SPACE CLEANUP

    November 8, 2019
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  99. Brian F said:

    How could you thumbs down this idea or any that support cleaning our oceans?

    November 8, 2019
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  100. New Age said:

    Now make 1000 more and its a good start

    November 8, 2019
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