r/Futurology ∞ transit umbra, lux permanet ☥ Sep 23 '22 Wholesome 4 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 2 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1 Silver 3 Helpful 3

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. Environment

https://theoceancleanup.com/updates/first-100000-kg-removed-from-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch/
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u/JoeyTheGreek Sep 23 '22

Like living in Minnesota and cutting the can holders to protect sea turtles. Why was my can holder make it into an ocean!?

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u/Stratocast7 Sep 23 '22

The US for a long time was selling waste to China to process. Not much effort was put into getting it all there without any getting into the ocean via shipping.

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u/ScoobyDont06 Sep 23 '22

Can holders should be that reusable hard plastic instead of the shitty thin stuff.

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u/ezirb7 Sep 23 '22

The energy/water to return and process reusable packaging to use it for another 6 pack probably eliminates most of the benefit. If it's thrown into a recycling pile to be sorted and sent to a canning center, it probably also needs to be washed of all the soda/juice/etc that ends up in the recycling.

I know there are some that cans can pop back into, but that seems limited to use if you pick up your soda and beer cans locally, and doesn't help with shipping to grocery/liquor stores.

I think cardboard and compostable replacements would be a better overall.

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '22

Just make it out of carboard. Such an easy solution that's already a near standard.

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u/I-Make-Maps91 Sep 23 '22

The Mississippi river, mostly. It's less that yours for sure will and more that a given number will no matter how careful we are because of sheer volume, so everyone needs to be careful.

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u/ArmchairTeaEnthusias Sep 23 '22

It can trap mammals too, but I get it. I cut some the other day and felt weird that I was always shown turtles instead of raccoons or foxes

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u/RugerRedhawk Sep 23 '22

Living in NY I always thought it was to prevent animals and birds in general from getting stuck, not strictly turtles.