The Ocean Clean Up
It's Time We All Go Green To Save the Blue...
The one thing every Human Being in this world can say they have in common is that they live on a wonderful planet with many natural treasures, none more so than the oceans and seas that cover 71% of the planet’s surface. This vast open space is home to 230,000 known living species with many more yet to be discovered, but unfortunately, this ecosystem has come more under threat due to human expanse. To combat this, we all need to act today to save our Oceans and we cannot do it without your help.
Here at Direct Bullion, we are committed to doing all we can to help clean up the oceans and seas that we so desperately rely on, and after extensive research and discussions, we are extremely excited to be helping what we feel to be a world-changing, innovative and the most needed project out there that fits our moral compass…
OVER 5 TRILLION PIECES OF PLASTIC CURRENTLY LITTER THE OCEAN
Industrial and household rubbish accumulates in five ocean garbage patches, the largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California. If left to circulate, the plastic will impact our ecosystems, health, and economies. Solving this problem requires a combination of closing the source and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean.
Ocean garbage patches are vast and dispersed
Ocean currents concentrate plastic in five areas in the world: the subtropical gyres, also known as the world’s "ocean garbage patches". Once in these patches, the plastic will not go away by itself. The challenge of cleaning up the gyres is that plastic pollution spreads across millions of square kilometres and travels in all directions. Covering this area using vessels and nets would take thousands of years and cost billions of dollars to complete.
How can we use these ocean currents to our advantage?
Using the ocean currents to our advantage
The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive system, using the ocean currents as its driving force to catch and concentrate the plastic. By suspending a large sea anchor in a deep, slow moving water layer, we can slow down the system enough so that the plastic moves faster than the cleanup system. This will cause the plastic to accumulate against the cleanup system.
Due to the screen’s U-shape, the plastic is funnelled towards the centre of the system. The highly concentrated debris is buffered until it is extracted and shipped to land.
To catch the plastic, act like the plastic
Waves, winds, and currents make the plastic move in a certain manner. The same forces will act on our roaming systems, causing them to gravitate to the areas in the garbage patch with the highest concentration of plastic.
The more clean-up systems released; the more plastic will be collected. Computer models show a full-scale deployment will lead to a 50 % reduction of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years time.
Extract, ship, recycle
In parallel to developing technology to extract plastic from the ocean, The Ocean Clean Up also investigates how we as a race can reuse the material once it is back onshore. Initial work on ocean plastic recycling shows that material can be turned into high-quality products. Imagine your next phone, chair, car bumper or sunglasses being made from plastic retrieved from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. By selling their branded material for reuse, they aim to eventually make the clean-up self-sustainable.
Direct Bullion, with the much-needed help of its customers, is looking to raise as much money as possible to help contribute to The Ocean Clean Up and get as many of the 'Floating Devises' into the oceans and seas. Whilst we do apricate that this may not be everyone’s first choice for charitable donations if you do feel that this is something that you could contribute to then please donate when making a purchase of Gold or Silver. Whether you round up your order to the nearest £1, £10, £100, £1000 or even £1,000,000 every donation will be received with the utmost gratitude.
One system costs £5 million, which includes the production, material, maintenance, plastic extraction and recycling; the system can also be monitored via an app and on the Ocean Clean Up website. This allows you to see its course through the gyre and how much plastic it has collected.
The Target: £5,000,000
Any and all donations are gratefully accepted, 100% of your donation goes to the Ocean Clean Up
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