The 2 Minute foundation is a charity dedicated to cleaning up the planet, 2 minutes at a time. They’ve recently released images of their latest innovation, dubbed “The biggest breakthrough in beach cleaning in 15 years” by the Foundation’s CEO, Martin Dorey.
In conjunction with Yorkshire based company ReWorked, they’ve created a litter picking station made entirely out of collected ocean plastic. The solution enables marine litter to become something positive, rather than going to landfill or polluting waterways & natural habitats.
A massive issue with beach & ocean waste is that it’s often partly degraded or covered in bio-waste/dirt. This, combined with a mixture of materials, poses a problem. Much of the collected waste was going to landfill and considered non-recyclable, which didn’t fit well with the #2MinuteBeachClean ethos.
ReWorked offered a solution to the issues, providing new insight and a willingness to innovate. Using intricate cleaning techniques residues & environmental waste is removed from the plastics. This waste is then shredded into 5mm pieces & balanced to an exact (secret) recipe. The blend often contains waste plastic collected from manufacturing waste streams, canal cleans, take-back schemes etc.
The shredded plastic mix is layered into a board making mill, heated to above 200C & pressed into plastic boards. The boards go on to become the iconic, new #2MinuteBeachClean litter picking stations.
This is a stunning example of a closed-loop process in action, doing good for the planet in more ways than one and diverting tonnes of ocean plastic away from landfill. The prototypes have been approved; ReWorked will take 3 tonnes of ocean waste collected by the charity to create the first beach cleaning 100 stations.
Can you help?
Can you help? The charity’s next steps are…
- Getting sponsors to help roll out the stations all over the UK and beyond.
- Sourcing green transport to help us transport marine litter to our processor.
- Finding more volunteer beach cleaners who can gather and store marine plastic.
- Seeking funding to make the first 100 stations.
Contact email@example.com if you can help them out in any way.