Photocredit: Cheryl King
26 April 2014, Vancouver, Canada – Upcycle the Gyres Society (UpGyres) and Biomimicry 3.8 are pleased to announce that they are working together to design, model and develop UpGyres marine plastic collection equipment.
Biomimicry 3.8 is the global leader in biomimicry innovation consulting, professional training, and educational program and curricula development. Their mission is to train, equip, and connect scientists, engineers, architects, educators, and other innovators to sustainably emulate nature’s 3.8 billion years of brilliant designs and strategies.
Over the past 14 years, Biomimicry 3.8 has helped more than 250 clients and partners redesign sneakers, carpets, furniture, manufacturing processes, airplanes, and even entire cities; all in nature’s sustainable image.
UpGyres and Biomimircy 3.8 are undertaking the conception of, creating, and implementing ideas to develop and produce cost-effective, safe, durable and scalable ocean plastic cleanup equipment and processes to deliver efficient, ecological and regenerative solutions for the recovery of discarded plastics from the ocean.
UpGyres is designing with environmental and volumetric considerations that have never been measured in order to create a new form that has not existed before and incorporate it into a disruptive business model to transform the problem of marine plastic waste into an opportunity.
Establishing this relationship with Biomimicry 3.8 is consistent with UpGyres’ strategy of implementing Ethical Technologies, Integrative Design and a Therapeutic Process to Ocean Plastic Remediation.
The design, technology and operational challenges faced by UpGyres’ R&D partners to create equipment capable of harvesting micro, meso and macro plastic from the surface and water column without harming marine life are immense and demand Life’ Principles Audit, Systems Integration and Biological Intelligence which will be provided by Dayna Baumeister / Co-founder and Keystone, Mark Dorfman / Green Chemist & Research Analyst, and by Nicole Hagerman Miller / Managing Director at Biomimicry 3.8
There are an estimated 142 billion kilos or 315 billion pounds of plastic waste swirling in the oceans; when recovered with the right equipment and method, this trash could potentially contribute revenues and added value by the hundreds of millions and create a modest amount of jobs at sea and ports while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and acidity levels in the oceans.