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.
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!
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: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=256809
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?
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