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Dassault Systemes Teams With Engineers to Rid Oceans of Plastic

Dassault Systemes 3D mock-up of the ocean filter concept from under water.   (Source: The Ocean Cleanup)
Dassault Systemes 3D mock-up of the ocean filter concept from under water.
(Source: The Ocean Cleanup)

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Rob Spiegel
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Cleaning up the plastic
Rob Spiegel   9/18/2013 11:07:19 AM
This is a great project, Cabe. When I was a kid, we found worn glass on the beach. Those days are gone now that drinks come in plastic instead of glass. Problem is, the plastic has a half life of forever. Good to see someone is trying to clean it up.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Cleaning up the plastic
Elizabeth M   9/18/2013 11:58:57 AM
Thanks for reporting on this very worthwhile project, Cabe. I am a big anti-plastic advocate, living by the sea and being a surfer. I have been involved in a number of anti-plastic, clean-up-the-ocean campaigns here at the beaches where I live. I just hope someone comes up with a workable idea, because it is a HUGE problem. It's hard to know where to start!

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The contest hasn't launched yet
matthewwest   9/18/2013 1:13:06 PM
Hey, Matt at SolidWorks here. This contest hasn't actually launched yet. We're currently working with the Ocean Cleanup team and our legal group to put the finishing touches on it, and it should be ready to go late this month or early October. Could you please pull this piece until we officially launch it?

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Cleaning up the plastic
Ann R. Thryft   9/20/2013 1:05:49 PM
I agree, thanks for reporting this, Cabe. What a cool idea for a design contest.

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Cleaning up the plastic
Cabe Atwell   10/23/2013 6:54:44 PM
I feel the need to contribute to this effort. When we are all lost to the annals of time, hopefully our efforts will leave a clean ocean.


Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Cleaning up the plastic
Ann R. Thryft   10/23/2013 7:23:44 PM
I know what you mean. That's why I wrote about the American Chemistry Council's report on efforts by plastics associations to help clean up the oceans:

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