Friday, October 29, 2010
Garbage Patch Vacuum Cleaners
Back in June I wrote about Electrolux plans to retrieve plastic from the various Garbage Patches in the oceans and turn them into vacuum cleaners. Somehow I was under the impression that the plastics was going to retrieved and then thermoprocessed into the parts needed for the vacuum cleaners (a task with a very challenging set of issues as I noted earlier). However, that doesn't appear to be the case - the plastics appear to be merely surface decoration on an existing cleaner.Each vac is made up of pieces collected from each ocean. Nonetheless, the vacs are attractive, but certainly an immense amount of energy went into collecting this relatively miniscule amount of plastic, all for a cute PR plug.