Ocean Blue News Blog
The world's use of plastic is placing the ocean, marine animals, and humans health at risk. by Richard Arterbury
If we can't recycle it why not turn it into energy? Ocean Blue reached out to Charles Ludwig of C&ALudwig LLC about beach plastic and his new technology to extract energy from a stored source.
Ocean Blue feels this has potential to impact ocean plastic and degrade ocean plastic, and we sure need something to utilize the massive amount of floating plastic in our sea.
The Ocean has a massive amount of more than 8 million metric tons of garbage enter the ocean annually. The amount of plastic marine debris and plastic floating in our oceans need solutions that are vital to lowering beach debris entering our landfills.
Landfills play important roles that provide communities healthy lifestyles for years to come. Landfills today have more food waste that should be going back into making our soils rich however they are clogging our landfills.
Global plastic waste is growing in numbers. All types of plastic waste like grocery bags, plastic straws, and other plastic product waste. management strategies are on the rise to lower plastic entering the ocean through large scale ocean cleanups from both land and sea.
Ocean Blue was able to help collect ocean plastic in partnership with Head & Shoulders company two years ago. At first, this seemed like a solution to lower large amounts of plastic our nonprofit is removing annually in the United States. We collected over 10,000 pounds of plastic from large to small sizes from the West Coast this is what happen.
One setback to upcycling was what we were collecting would be shipped to New Jersey, then shipped overseas to be recycled into shampoo bottles.
Our board members requested Ocean Blue find a partnership more sustainable with less travel. When plastic is traveling this much, honestly this all would cost too much for long-term project goals Without charging a higher price for the product being made with mixed sea plastic the overall fees are not feasible.
Our plastics team reached out to Envision Plastics and met in Eugene, Oregon to discuss the possibility of upcycling beach plastic into products with goals to lower the use of virgin plastics.
The cost would be around .15 to .30 cents more to use mixed plastic. However, it would be cool to have beach plastic used to make something Ocean Blue and Envision Plastics agreed on. So, we spent almost one year speaking with partners like Boxed Water, Patagonia, and everyone we could think of to see if we could giveaway tons of beach plastic.
So far, we are in meetings with partners and have not found a perfect match to utilize mixed beach plastic. We are speaking to one company that would like to extract the stored energy from recovered plastic and produce electricity. And this is how.
One topic we spoke about with Charles was what to do with large windmills that landfills will not accept as well as sunken boat setbacks of Oregon that are also present throughout the US. Windmills are much too large to place in landfills and would cost more tahn anyone is willing to pay or donate to a cause so expensive.
So, if we could not only lower the overall everyday average Kilowatt per hour cost by using old fiberglass windmills, beach plastic and old boats to produce electricity, Ocean Blue feels this may be the solution to plastic pollution covering not only our ocean but our soils around the world. Below is a photo of how Envision Plastics has over 40 million colors and can also sort beach plastic into all kinds of shades of color.
So much plastic and no one wants it,