Rivers are the lifeblood of our planet, providing us with essential resources and supporting the delicate balance of ecosystems. Unfortunately, many of these vital waterways are under threat from pollution, with plastic waste being a major culprit. This issue has a significant impact on our environment, with plastic pollution having severe consequences for wildlife and their habitats. That's why we believe that it's crucial to take action to prevent plastic pollution from entering our rivers and oceans in the first place.
Currently, 80% of all marine pollution is caused by plastic waste, and research shows that between 8 and 10 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans every year. By 2050, it's estimated that plastic waste will outweigh all fish in the sea.Here are some key facts:
-Plastic waste makes up 80% of all marine pollution and around 8 to 10 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year.
-Research states that, by 2050, plastic will likely outweigh all fish in the sea.
In the last ten years, we have produced more plastic products than in the previous century.
-The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has stated that basically 100% of all plastics human beings have ever created are still in existence.
-Plastic generally takes between 500-1000 years to degrade. Even then, it becomes microplastics, without fully degrading.
-Currently, there are about 50-75 trillion pieces of plastic and microplastics in the ocean.
It's clear that if we don't take action, this problem will continue to escalate, with it already having devastating consequences for our planet.
At Think Ocean, we've been committed to finding improved and innovative solutions to address this problem. After extensive study of existing solutions and technologies, we've developed our "Stop at Source Technology" plans, that based on our research, prototypes and modelling can capture up to 92% of the surface AND underwater plastic in a river. We looked not just to the future, but to history and nature for a solution, and the result is technology based on an ancient Roman method as well as the feeding behavior of Humpback and Bryde's whales. We've spent years refining the design to ensure effectiveness in capturing plastic waste from rivers and prevent it from entering our oceans.
We firmly believe that the best way to combat plastic pollution is to stop it at its source. By cleaning our rivers and preventing plastic waste from entering our oceans, we can protect wildlife and their habitats, preserve the health of our ecosystems, and ensure a sustainable future for our planet. That's why we're proud to be developing and deploying our first Stop at Source device as part of the European Commission "Horizon Mission" in the Novi Sad region of Serbia in 2024. Our goal is to scale this technology so that we can continue to make an even greater impact in the fight against plastic pollution. With our technology, and key partners we're confident that we can make a significant impact in protecting the health of our planet's ecosystems and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.
We hope that you will join us on this mission.