The Ocean Cleanup just released a new device to help clean up plastic in rivers before it reaches the ocean. So how does it work?
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Every year we produce roughly 300 million metric tons of plastic globally, and these plastics can end up in oceans, rivers, and eventually our food chain.

When a piece of plastic finds its way into the ocean, exposure to sunlight and the elements work to break it down into smaller and smaller fragments.

Marine animals often mistake plastic trash for food, which can lead to malnutrition and a potential build-up of toxic chemicals in their bodies.

And since humans are a part of the food chain, plastics find their way into our bodies, too.

The Ocean Cleanup says that its new suite of technologies can help address this growing problem, the group’s primary goal is to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest accumulation zone containing more than 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic.

Find out more about The Ocean Cleanup’s new tech and how it is cleaning Earth’s waters and working to prevent new plastics from entering the oceans on this episode of Elements.

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“The Ocean Cleanup aims to tackle the 1,000 most polluting rivers, responsible for about 80% of ocean plastic pollution, before the end of 2025.”

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“A little over a year ago, a group called The Ocean Cleanup launched an unprecedented campaign to rid the seas of plastic, complete with an unprecedented device: a 600-meter-long, U-shaped tube that was meant to passively gather debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for a ship to come along and scoop up and take back to land.”

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“While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become addicted to single-use or disposable plastic — with severe environmental consequences.”

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