Beach and Ocean Clean Ups

beachcleanupwhirledviewsIn India, a 33 year-old lawyer and a retired businessman in his 80s walked down to a 2.5 kilometre stretch of beach one day and began the biggest beach clean up in history. Word spread that they were trying to clean the beach and over 500 volunteers have participated in removing more than 1.3 million kilograms of trash from this one beach.

Another article about this pair estimates that there are 13 million tonnes of plastic and other rubbish that pollutes the world’s oceans, that’s 26,000,000,000,000 kilograms!

surfersgarbagebinwhirledviewsWho is going to invent the great ideas for cleaning up the oceans?

Here’s one great idea by two young surfers in Australia. There’s a video in the article worth seeing to believe. It looks so simple.

Then there’s this idea from a then 19-year-old Boyan Slat, a student in The Netherlands. You can watch the TEDx Talk he gave when he was 20 about the ocean’s plastic problem here.

edible6packwhirledviewsA small beer brewery has invented an edible 6-pack holder for holding 6 cans that animals in the ocean can eat for food and is 100% biodegradable. There’s a short 2 minute video about it in this article. One point they make is that the cost of this product that is better the environment will go down if it becomes more widely used. Why would that be important?

Ideas for keeping our oceans and environment clean can come from anywhere.
Which ideas will work?
Will they make money?
Will they make the world better?
Do you have a better idea how to clean up our beaches and oceans?

12 thoughts on “Beach and Ocean Clean Ups”

  1. We need to ocean in order to survive, for example: we could get food and also oil from the ocean. So, I think people should not pollute the ocean. I think it will be better to ask every one to throw plastic in a category, and then we could transfer them into energy or other good thing for environment.

  2. This is a really interesting article and the innovations are very interesting. I also enjoyed watching the videos.

    Are there ideas in this article that could make the world better?

    Definitely! There are many ideas in this article that would make the world one hundred times better and cleaner than it is now. Some examples are:

    – an edible 6-pack holder for holding 6 cans that animals in the ocean can eat for food and is 100% biodegradable.
    – An automated rubbish bin for marina docks called the Seabin
    – Boyan Slat

  3. Are there ideas in this article that could make the world better?
    There are many good ideas in this article. My favourite is an edible 6-pack holder for holding 6 cans that animals in the ocean can eat for food and is 100% biodegradable.There’s definitely a plastic problem in the ocean which it could limits the growth of sea creatures and pollutions for the sea. Then the cost is simalar for this and the really plastic one, so if we have that, even people throwing things on the beach, then the sea creatures could eat them instead of making bad effect in the ocean.

  4. Are there ideas in this article that could make the world better?

    There were 2 great inventions for cleaning the ocean, and by reading the 6 pack holder video it teached me that those 6 pack holders are very dangerous for the fishes or any kinds of animals in the ocean. The invention was that the fishes were able to eat the 6 pack holder so it will be not dangerous and it wont also pollute the ocean. I thought this invention is great, but I also thought that to make this it will cost more than the normal plastic holders so maybe not lots of company will use it.

  5. I think this is a very good idea. Especially the edible 6-pack holder for holding 6 cans that animals in the ocean can eat for food and is 100% biodegradable. Because this will help the environment and also save the animals.

  6. Are there ideas in this article that could make the world better?
    Yes, I think that is definitely true! The holder is edible for the fish and won’t be able to pollute the planet! But I still have another question, there is whole bunch different fish in the ocean, how can people assure most of the fish eat this kind of material? What is that made of? I am really curious of those questions, but I still think that this is a good invention and people could make so many things with this kind of materials.

  7. Are there any ideas in this article that could make the world better?

    Definitely! There are many ideas that could make the world’s ocean better. We need water in order to survive, and polluting water is just making life worse for not just the sea animals, but making life worse for us humans too, as we desperately need water. One of the ideas that could reduce water pollution is having an edible six-pack holder for holding 6 cans that animals in the ocean can eat for food and the food is 100% biodegradable.

  8. I think they might make money with cleaning trashes and selling those and also getting awards for cleaning and people might give money for cleaning ocean.

  9. The water we drink or use everyday come from seas,but what if the sea water isn’t clean anymore what are we gonna do?Keep using the water from sea?No!But if we don’t use the water from sea,where can we get the water from?The sea has the same important place with earth,if we don’t have earth,then we are not here;if we don’t have sea,well then we can’t leave in the earth.And the sea is ours mother,we can’t leave without it.I believe if every week there are 100 people go to the sea and pick up those “dangerous” rubbish that will “kill” the sea,then we can have a more different sea than before.Safe the sea we have and safe it forever don’t let it disappear.Just do it!

  10. I think that is a very good idea. We should clean the ocean, because we use water in the sea, for example, food, drink, and many things we need to use clean water, so we must clean the ocean.

  11. I think it is a good idea to keep our sea clean because we get food from the sea and there are a lot of resources that we can get from the sea, also there is a lot of animals in the sea so we protecting them is a good idea to sustain the balance of the food chain.

  12. In the article, there is some great idea of cleaning up the Ocean, and I like the design of 6-pack holder, because for holding 6 cans that animals in the ocean can eat for food and is 100% biodegradable, and we can save the animals.

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