Pacific Garbage Screening

An initiative lauded by Germany’s environmental protection agency as “visionary and solution-oriented”

While the Dutch Ocean Cleanup is the best-known initiative of this kind, this award-winning project founded by architect Marcella Hansch is also working on a solution to get the plastic already in our oceans out of the water. Her Aachen-based nonprofit Pacific Garbage Screening — a reference to the large trash vortex known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — is building a platform that will be able to filter microplastic from rivers and estuaries before it can enter the ocean, as 80 percent of plastic does. The modular platform will use passive sedimentation techniques that won’t risk damaging marine life, as nets do.

Pacific Garbage Screening

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