Plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems in our oceans today. We’re inundated with it, and we’re puking out more and more every day. But just over the horizon is a trash collection vessel straight out of the future. The Manta is a garbage collecting sailboat that aims to tackle the plastic in the ocean in an extraordinary way.
It’s strange to think that all those little bits of plastic that surround our day-to-day lives will be around for hundreds and hundreds of years. Right now, for instance, I have a pack of gum in front of me. It’s made of plastic. Long after we’re dead, far longer than we’ll be alive for, that pack of gum will still be out there somewhere. My computer, my phone case, my diving fins, speargun, cell-phone charger, printer, the Bic pens in my desk, the spiral on my notebook. It’ll all be around for a mind-bogglingly amount of time. And that’s just what I can see from where I’m sitting. The rest of my house is full of it, too, as is yours. It’s impossible to escape, and it will all last for a very, very long time. Every piece of plastic that you’ve ever held, in fact, is likely still out there somewhere in one form or another. Scary, isn’t it?