It's already challenging enough for environmentalists to keep shorelines clear of washed up waste and plastic garbage – yet the most troublesome issue lies in tidying up all of the millions of minor microplastics that are difficult to spot and to pick up from the sand.
Luckily, a gathering of engineering students succeeded in building up a gigantic new vacuum cleaner that can gather microplastics without expelling any of the sand from the shoreline.
The 12 Canadian students from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec invented their Hoola One plastic vacuum cleaner as a class venture.
“We did some research and we realized there was no machine around the world to do this kind of job,” Hoola One co-founder Sam Duval told Hawaii Public Radio. “So we told each other, ʻWe will invent it,’ and we did it.”
Utilizing a handheld hose, the machine sucks up plastic and sand and dumps everything into an enormous tank of water. Since rocks and sand are heavier than plastic, they sink to the base of the tank so they can be dumped back onto the shoreline. The plastic, then again, floats to the highest point of the tank.
As a methods for testing their machine's proficiency, they lately used it on the sands of Hawaii's Kamilo Beach – which is additionally famous for being probably the dirtiest shorelines on the planet.
Despite the fact that their first model encountered various technical issues, the group of students figured out how to repair the issues and clean the shoreline.
As indicated by Hawaii Public Radio, the group left the Hoola One vacuum on the island as a gift to the state department. They are currently looking into the ecological effects of the vacuum on the shoreline while they scan for financing and sponsorships to create more Hoola One vacuums.
Knowing that they are successful, at that point the machines could begin tidying up shorelines around the globe.