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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 to engineer, build and operate a fleet of ships that include Plasma Gasification Processing equipment for the collection and elimination of waste and hazardous materials polluting our planet. Our initial focus is plastic waste. The group will be actively involved in lobbying for environmental improvements and assisting local governments, communities and the public to make a difference. Dream Green recognizes the importance of working with all organizations pursuing a better world environment.

ocean garbage

Fishermen set out amid floating garbage off the shore of Manila Bay in the Philippines on June 8, 2013.

Photograph by Erik De Castro, Reuters For more images see here. We just launched a Facebook page to get some feed back from people like you.

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.

E-Waste:

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

Our Solution:

Our  initial goal is to reduce ocean coastal plastic waste by retrofitting the M/V Susitna to make it suitable for coastal plastic waste retrieval and processing. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=m%2Fv+susitna

The Susitna is a high tech 200 foot, $80 million dollar vessel located in Alaska which has been sitting idle since its construction. It has shallow draft capabilities of only 4' 6" and is designed for ice breaking and was originally designed for the military as a landing craft.  It is ideal for the organizations intended use.

Our proposal is to fit the M/V Susitna with a plastic to fuel converter which will process the debris collected to fuel for the vessel and provide cleanup and fuel to remote communities and others in Alaska. It is estimated that there is one ton of plastic debris per shoreline mile, the vast majority of which is in areas unreachable by any other means. The M/V Susitna is the only vessel that has the capability to maneuver directly up to a beach, unload beach cleaning vehicles, retrieve them and dispose of the waste. This would be a pilot project to prove the technologies and viability of the concept so it can be replicated by us and governments and organizations globally.

We have made a proposal to the Alaskan Matanuska-Susitna Borough authorities for the use of the M/V Susitna and they are fully supportive of our effort.

"I think you have an excellent idea that requires significant political intervention to achieve. Getting NOAA or EPA behind it and acting as the intermediary might work. Can you get someone from a national agency on-board with sufficient clout to help move this idea forward?"  He went on to say that in the years that they have been looking for proposals as to what to do with the vessel, ours is the best he had received.

In addition to government funding and private donations and grants, this project could attract funding from the oil companies in Alaska who would most benefit from such a vessel being available in an emergency if it could also process oil from spills or even to help remediate the lasting impact of other spills like the Exxon Valdez disaster after 25 years. http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/23/opinion/holleman-exxon-valdez-anniversary/

Funding:

The following are possibilities for funding a venture of this magnitude:

  1. Initial capital from sale of all inventory from Dream Green toys, games, jewelry etc. Crowdfunding and donations to establish an organization to research and build or convert an existing vessel in partnership with companies like Westinghouse, http://www.covanta.com/ , Waste Management and others and to co-ordinate priorities with established groups like the UN, ocean research organizations, universities and active ocean and nature conservation groups.

  2. Build the organization with engineers and other professionals that are on loan from major corporations that could reap the benefit of the technology and the advertising of being associated with Dream Green.

  3. Financial grants and fees paid by governments, communities and companies to clean up specific sites. It is highly probable that Dream Green ships can be a better value to typical environment waste collection and disposal methods. The Dream Green vessels could service all coastal ports, even in the US to process all their plastic waste at first. This would dramatically reduce the energy requirements of such places to truck this waste to landfills. This processing would be done at fair market prices. Since Dream Green is a non profit organization the profits would be spent on maintaining and expanding the fleet and for operating in remote locations and disaster areas where infrastructure might be severly limited or destroyed.

  4. Sale of excess fuel produced by process.

  5. Sale of eco and carbon credits to companies particularly to the plastics and electronics industry.

  6. Coporate advertising and logos on vessels and in all promotional materials.
     

Additional video information:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140613-ocean-trash-garbage-patch-plastic-science-kerry-marine-debris/?rptregcta=reg_free_np&rptregcampaign=20131016_rw_membership_r2p_intl_sm_w

Ocean plastic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd_QlauNmcw

http://www.energydigital.com/green_technology/plasma-gasification-turns-waste-to-energy
 

Some of the many e-waste videos on YouTube.com:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j2KPxanzeA

China: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDSWGV3jGek

Ghana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTWwsDAl4jE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgUWV2jPEyA

India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3fOLL10yxY
 

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.
Thank you.
Capt. Don Green
Founder of Dream Green

V 7/14/2014 - Information is updated frequently so come back often.

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