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Dream Green … because it matters.
The Clean Oceans Project: Dream Green is transforming from an education motivated business to a global 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Everyone is a victim of global plastic waste, including birds, marine life and even plants as the toxins from plastic are everywhere.
Our primary goal was to reduce ocean coastal plastic waste by building/retrofitting a fleet of landing craft type ships with equipment that will convert plastic to fuel. This was to be used to contribute to the power for the vessels and provide cleanup, fuel and water to remote locations, communities and other area that have been severely harmed by natural disasters and negligent waste disposal.
After a lot of research we are refocusing our efforts on the technology to process plastic and possibly wood into mainly heating and cooking fuels. This non profit open source venture is hoping to create 20 ft plastic to fuel processing containers that are eventually mass produced and given to 3rd world and remote communities to tackle their waste and fuel problems.
We feel that we could do better for the global environment by approaching the waste problem and processing in a decentralized way. One could eliminate the requirement for transporting plastic to waste dumps or centralized incinerators and create incentive to local communities to tackle their own problems. The average income in many 3rd world countries is less than a $1000 a year. If these street kids and unemployed could be paid even 25 cents for 10 pounds of plastic they could make a better living for themselves.
Just imagine if we could deploy a 1000 processing containers and each one could process 1 ton a day of plastic waste we could make a profound difference.
I believe that many big corporations would happily sponsor these units if they could be made for a reasonable price. This could be achieved by mass production.
A size of 20 foot is the target as they could also be deployed on small vessels to tackle remote coastal cleanup as well.
If you have a science or engineering background and would like to contribute to the engineering and design please ask to join our Facebook working group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/dreamgreen.org or contact us through the contact details above.
Fishermen set out amid floating garbage off the shore of Manila Bay in the Philippines on June 8, 2013.
Plastic: Approximately 300 million tons are produced per year using between 6 and 8% of all oil extracted. This is only going to grow. The vast majority cannot and will not be recycled. It is filling up landfills and destroying the environment at an alarming rate. The toxins from it can now be identified in every living creature. These are leading to cancers, birth defects and the global death of fish, birds and wildlife. Extensive research has clearly documented these issues. The time for only study is over, we must act now. Plastic is not going away so we must find a solution to remove the waste, not to a landfill where it will last for centuries leaching toxins into ground water, but to recycle what we can and convert the rest to a useful form.
Every year natural disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes (typhoons) or flooding affect populous areas adding million of tons of debris to rivers and eventually the ocean. Other common debris included rope, fishing equipment, glass bottles, paper, and cloth items. It is now common to find 1 ton of plastic per mile on coastlines. - Source: wikipedia
This, on top of the ineffectual garbage collection in many countries and intentional illegal dumping around the world, is effectively destroying the ecosystems that support all life.
Europe relies on conventional incinerators to reduce waste and then ships the ash to landfills reducing the volume by 90%. It does generate energy but much value is lost and dangerous chemical compounds remain in the ash to leach into groundwater. At least 75% of all landfills tested show leaching into the ground water and all are expected to eventually. The Klemetsrud plant in Norway is now importing trash for incineration and at full capacity the plant will provide all the heat and electricity for Oslo's schools and heat for 56,000 homes. Over 300 thousand tons are incinerated annually and that does not count the materials that are extracted for recycling. "Four tonnes of waste has the same energy content as one tonne of fuel oil," says the director of the waste-to-energy agency in Oslo, Pal Mikkelsen.
Here is a report by the World Bank on typical global waste generation, however it does not account for the large quantities of industrial waste and pollution by fraudulent waste disposal companies and other illegal dumping.
The Ocean Cleanup Project started by Boyan Slat is a commendable attempt to remove plastic from the oceans. His project is receiving a lot of media attention, however his information lacks any details about what to do with the plastic. We believe that our organization and its technology focus would compliment his effort. Every effort is needed as the waste in the oceans is continuing to grow.
Because of deep sea conditions (very cold water, little oxygen, few bacteria), all of this trash will likely stick around much longer than it would do on the ground.
The Ocean Conservancy, the international leader in coastal cleanups, has collected several hundred million pounds in three decades of work and relies on volunteers to clean beaches around the world. However the scale of the problem is so big that even their effort is hardly effective.
The Two Hands Project is a collaborative approach to cleaning up the world, similar to the Ocean Conservancy is also doing great work. Everyone can do their bit, big or small.
Electronic waste is piling up around the world rapidly even after the Basel Convention regulating its export. Much of it is shipped to Africa, India and China (Guiyu in particular) where it is causing massive environmental contamination. The R2:2013 Standard for Electronics Recyclers suffers greatly from its seeming intentional avoidance of international law as it refuses to acknowledge or recognize the definitions and obligations, decisions and guidelines of the Basel Convention, which all developed countries, except the United States, have ratified and implemented and is now globally adopted by 180 countries. Read more: http://ban.org/Library/FiveFundamentalFlawFinal.pdf
Read more statistics here: http://www.cleanair.org/Waste/wasteFacts.html
Additional video information:
Ocean plastic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd_QlauNmcw
Some of the many e-waste videos on YouTube.com:
I am now selling off all the inventory of toys, games and jewelry to raise the money for this project. Once my art is gone I will not make more. Think of your purchase as a donation to the cause for a better world. If you are a sailor take a look at the sailboat parts that I make.
We are presently recruiting professionals to move this forward and are already in early talks with Westinghouse and other corporations. We also have several engineers and a number of professional candidates considering joining the team. If you think you can make a difference please contact us.
Please don't forget to sign our petition to WalMart to phase out plastic bags.
Capt. Don Green
Founder of Dream Green
V 7/14/2014 - Information is updated frequently so come back often.
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