In 2014, scientists estimated that there were 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Though many organizations are regularly investing time and energy into cleaning up the plastic on their shorelines and waterways, it has been a challenge to figure out what to do with all that trash. Recycling is one solution, but that often produces more plastic goods that can be discarded, only to end up right back in the ocean again. To solve that problem, the company ByFusion has created technology to recycle all that plastic into durable construction blocks. When the trash is used for something as permanent as construction materials, it's less likely to come back to pollute the oceans again. The machinery to create the blocks is self-contained and easy to transport, and can be programmed to create blocks of customized shapes and densities. The blocks are also a good building material: plastic makes for great acoustic and thermal insulation. And unlike your neighborhood recycling pickup, ByFusion doesn't discriminate: no matter the type, if it's plastic, they can use it. Explore the issues of plastic pollution in the videos below.
What Should We Do With The World's Trash?
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The World's Biggest Garbage Dump Is In The Ocean
Hear about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Key Facts In This Video
Massive rotating ocean currents called gyres are responsible for gathering debris into large garbage patches. 00:23
80% of all the trash in the ocean is plastic, even though only 10% of our plastic trash ends up in the ocean. 01:37
It would take 67 trawlers a full year to clean up 1% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 03:25
Could We Rid The Sea Of Plastic Entirely?
Meet the 20-year-old who has a plan to do just that.
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