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

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/pablo_the_bear Sep 23 '22

So just continually working with no end in sight until action is taken to stop flooding the ocean with plastics...

I applaud what they are doing but it makes me angry that they need to exist as a company in the first place.

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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/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.