Fourteen billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean each year—90 percent of which is plastic. That percentage has been increasing at a rate of about 10 percent each year for the past 20 years.
Although cleaning up the ocean's "plastic soup" has been deemed beyond fixable by a number of researchers, innovative designers are taking a more proactive approach. A few are developing new technologies that they believe will make a significant impact—the latest being the “Marine Drone.”
Yanko Design writes: "The drone is basically an oversized pool net with a sensor fitted machine. It nets drifting plastic trash in a very innovative way. Several drones scout the seas for waste and use a special sensor to keep away fish and other aquatic animals. It is equipped with an infrasound system and the high-powered batteries allow them to stay in the water for more than 2 weeks."