Up cycled Single Use Plastic Projects 

The Issue:

Plastics accumulating in our oceans and on our beaches has become a global crisis. Billions of pounds of plastic are swirling around in our oceans. At current rates, the ocean will have more plastic than fish by 2050. Plastic pollution has a direct and deadly effect on wildlife. Thousands of seabirds, sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals are killed each year after ingesting plastic or getting entangled in it.

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Plastic Pollution Solution Challenge:


Prototype: RUMBA or Remove Unwanted Material Before Accumulating

How does it work: Removes debris from beaches and streets.

Potential Partners: Amazon, I robot, Waste Management, Boston Dynamics.

How to improve: Create an app, make it submersible or sonar, design to look like marine mammals.

Problems/issues: Capacity Limitations.

Prototype: Trash Troll Boat

How does it work: Boat has a rash capturing mechanism that can be raised and lowered into the water into the water to capture trash.

Potential Partners: Tesla, Recycling, Coastguard, ACME, Solar/battery power, marine rescues.

How to improve: Add a large trap cage or net to hold the trash. Any animals/ fish would be released back, warning mechanism to detect fish and mammals.

Problems/issues: Capturing something not trash such as fish and plants.


Prototype: P.A.C 4,000 - Paddle Attachment Collection

How does it work: Wheel collects and filters trash from the ocean in a repository that can be attached to the front of any boat.

Potential Partners: Yacht clubs, fishing fleets, cruise lines/eco-tourism, shipping lines.

How to improve: Partner with companies who will use the collected materials and re-purpose them into reusable items.

Problems/issues: Animal entrapment or injury which is why we are building in specific openings/filters to help prevent entrapment.

Be part of the solution, not part of the pollution
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