The Great Bubble Barrier: Smart Solution To Plastic Pollution
This is the Great Bubble Barrier that uses the blocking power of bubbles to bring submerged plastic pollution to a river’s surface where it can be collected and recycled. Most importantly, it keeps plastic waste from reaching the oceans where it can further harm marine life and the ecosystem as a whole. The Great Bubble Barrier is the brainchild of a young and forward-thinking Dutch start-up located in the north of Amsterdam.
This airy mechanism consists of a tube with holes in it that are positioned on the bottom of a river. By pumping air through the tube, a bubble curtain is created. Then, the efficiently formed air bubbles force plastics in the water to the surface, thus making them accessible for removal and recycling. This novel concept is used in the oil industry, the dredging industry, and in the Dutch lock system. The key to this process is the positioning of the eco-friendly bubble barrier. It’s most effective when the bubble barrier is placed diagonally to the flow of a river. This tactic utilizes the power of the river to force trash to the banks of the river, where it can be seamlessly removed from the water.
Besides the plastic waste cleanup, there’s another positive component of the Great Bubble Barrier, which is that marine life isn’t disturbed or harmed when the barrier is created. Instead, fish and other wildlife are able to easily maneuver through the bubbles. Shipping vessels are also able to easily pass through these beneficial bubbles. Initially, the project kicked off with the first installation in an Amsterdam canal to prevent plastic from flowing into the North Sea. Additionally, the creative Dutch team behind this bubbly solution presented it at an expo. There, it showcased a small-scale river with flowing water to illustrate the possibilities of its application in a waterway.
Eye-opening findings show that 90% of the plastic found in the ocean originates from the 10 most polluted rivers in the world. This startup’s goal is to reduce the 8 million tons of plastic that enter the ocean daily and to establish waste-free rivers.
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