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October, 12th 2017
#Oceanlovers, watch out: There is nothing better than a day at the beach? You love to jump in the water, your surfboard is your best friend or diving is your greatest passion? For your perfect ocean day without worries we give away four Sharkbanz 2!
And that's all you have to do: Share your perfect underwater/ocean photo on Instagram and tag it with #iamanoceanlover and @oceanfilmtour. We will announce a winner every week! The deadline is November 8.
June, 13th 2017
April, 6th 2017
Too valuable to throw away: With the foundation of the "Plastic Bank" Shaun Frankson and David Katz have given plastic waste a value. In his TED Talk Shaun Frankson talks about our enormous power as consumers and calls upon changing our consumer behaviour.
April, 5th 2017
March, 14th 2017
Buy it, consume it, throw it away. In 2014 Germany alone consumed around 2 Billion single-use coffee capsules. That equals 4000 tons of plastic and aluminium waste. Globally every minute 13.500 ends up on landfills - 20 Billion every year.
A deposit system! Because:
• The capsules are made out of toxic materials like plastic and aluminum.
• The production is a tremendous waste of valuable resources and energy.
• The mixture of materials makes recycling difficult, expensive and a waste of energy.
• There are no proper recycling programs provided by the coffee companies.
• The capsules are mostly thrown in the general trash, then pile up on the landfills and finally end up in the ocean.
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March, 7th 2017
How young architect Marcella Hansch wants to filter plastic particles out of water
Marcella Hansch (30) has written a rather unusual master's thesis in architecture at RWTH Aachen University. Instead of a building, she has designed a floating platform whose unique construction would enable it to filter plastic particles out of water. But there's still a long way to go before implementing such a revolutionary idea. We spoke to the young architect about her project “Pacific Garbage Screening”:
Plastic pollution has become an important topic over the past few years. When and how did you discover the problem?
About four years ago, when I was looking for a topic for my master's thesis, I went on holiday with a friend to the Cape Verde islands. On the plane, I read an article about plastic pollution in the oceans, and then quickly forgot about it. Then we went diving and I saw all these plastic bags floating in the water. So I was confronted with plastic pollution twice, and this time, I couldn’t let it go.
Did you know at the time that people were already working on solving this problem?
Back then, no. I found out about Boyan Slat and his Ocean Cleanup project when I had already completed my thesis. Apparently, we worked in parallel on this topic.
Your goal is the same—a clean ocean. How do your approaches differ?
He concentrates on big chunks of plastic; we try to get out the smaller pieces. My approach works without nets because we focus on passive sedimentation. The architecture of the platform is designed to calm the water to the extent that even tiny pieces of plastic rise to the surface, where we can easily skim it.
Without nets? Could that work?
Yes. But this has less to do with the platform's construction. When I started working on the topic, I did a lot of research. At some point, I realized I lacked the know-how to go any deeper. Then, about two and a half years ago, I was invited to present my project at the IFAT in Munich [trade fair for water, sewage, waste, and raw materials management]to a group of experts in hydraulic engineering. They saw its potential and encouraged me to find people at the university to drive the project forward.
And there you found scientists from a wide range of disciplines who are now working on developing your idea. What is your next tangible goal?
First we need to conduct a feasibility study at the university and find a way to finance the project. If we want to apply for a research fund, we must present solid numbers; however, we have no chance to get this data if we can’t test our theories.
So, where are you at the moment?
We’re currently working with the Institute for Hydraulic Engineering [at Aachen] and together have developed two master's theses, based on my original idea, about how currents would flow in the channel system. But this is only in theory; the students can’t perform any actual tests because the operating costs for the facilities are prohibitively high. So, we’ve reached the point where we can’t move forward without funding.
What would you use the money for?
We would finance two doctoral positions or research assistants for our basic research and the feasibility study. This would make it possible for someone to focus on the topic full time.
How do you manage to reconcile your daily job as an architect with your engagement on the ocean project?
Last October, I reduced my workload in the architect’s office because I realized that the project would get stuck otherwise. Currently, I’m only working 80%. Everyone involved has a regular job or is still studying; that’s why everything is moving so slowly. However, in the beginning of the year, we founded an organization, and with this organization standing behind my idea, we were able to connect with foundations that are interested in supporting us.
When would it be possible to produce a prototype of the platform and where would you put it?
Hopefully in the next couple of years, when we’ve completed the feasibility study. The next thing would be to do an analysis to determine the most effective location for our platform. Does it make sense to start cleaning the ocean's vast surface area or would it be more effective to start at a mouth of the river and stop the plastic from getting into the ocean in the first place? This would be even more promising.
Your original idea was based on an independent platform that is anchored in the ocean. It would draw its energy from fuel cells and recycle the collected plastics through plasma gasification—new technologies that haven’t really been established onshore…
Yes, it was my original plan that the platform would work independently, but I’ve moved on in that regard. It’s just too risky. For example, there hasn’t been enough research on plasma gasification. That’s why our number one priority is getting the plastic out of the water. If we can’t do that, we can't even think about recycling. And the idea of using fuel cells and plasma gasification is uncommon, so perhaps we have to find alternatives.
Do you think that the finished platform will contain many elements of your original idea?
In the end, it will probably be less architecturally sophisticated. The most important thing is to develop a reliable technology that can help to rid the oceans of plastic waste. We're working toward this objective with a lot of passion and dedication!
March 3rd, 2017
What can we do?
About 8 million tons of new plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. How can we remove it? What can we do to prevent it from finding its way into the ocean in the first place?
March 1st, 2017
Video: from the new program