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How Scientists Stumbled Upon Plastic Eating Bacteria
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25. Projects that Tackle Ocean Pollution

Some transformational projects across the globe are dedicated to cleaning and saving the ocean. The Ocean Clean UP is one of the many. Dutchman Boyan Slat discovered this project in the year 2013. At the early age of 13, he developed a passive system that is made of surface floating until along with an underwater skirt unit. A 600-meter-long floater is embedded on the surface, and through the pressure from wind, waves, or current, the system works to collect the plastics.

A modified version of this unit was launched with two satellite pods, nine lanterns, two navigation pods, and a camera. The system has reached the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where it is exploring its Mission Plan. The Ocean Clean Up Project aims to clean half of the Patch within the span of 5 years.

How Scientists Stumbled Upon Plastic Eating Bacteria
Captain Boris Herrmann. Photo Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock

26. #MyOceanChallenge

#MyOceanChallenge was founded by the infamous Team Malizia – a group of sailors led by Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi. This project aims to educate and inspire the youth with regard to ocean conservation. Team Malizia is working with Birte Lorenzen, a teacher, to develop learning material packages that are focused on imparting knowledge about the ocean and sailing.

The learning materials will help students understand the importance of water, how they can contribute to saving the sea, and keeping their planet clean and safe for generations to come. By providing the right knowledge to the children, this group of sailors wishes to make the youth ambassador of ocean preservation. Over the span of years, their work and efforts have been regarded across the globe.

How Scientists Stumbled Upon Plastic Eating Bacteria
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27. Parley for the Oceans

Parley aims to create an extensive ecosystem of people who are genuinely passionate about protecting oceans and bringing positive change. The project aims to create a collaborative ecosystem where people from diverse regions come together to work on a single mission of saving the oceans.

In 2016 the project collaborated with the famous sports brand Adidas. This year they launched their line of sports training apparel and liners that are designed using plastics.

How Scientists Stumbled Upon Plastic Eating Bacteria
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28. Help Protect the Ocean from Plastic Pollution

Don’t retain your knowledge to yourself; share it with your friends and family. The more you share, the higher will be the awareness among people. Next time when you are with someone at a beach or restaurant, share an interesting fact. With the kind and amount of water present in the water bodies across the globe, it has become imperative for everyone to do their part to keep the ocean clean.

Scientists are indeed working towards different approaches to bring effective technology or technique to clean the water bodies and plastic-eating enzymes. While this notion is still in its inception phase, this enzyme certainly holds much potential. Until scientists explore the capabilities of this enzyme, make sure you do your part to save our environment.