Having consulted a number of academic experts on this problem, and having already gathered more than 25,000 signatures in support of our proposals to eliminate microplastics from Canary Islands beaches.we at Canarias Archipiélago Sostenible are tackling this challenge in four ways:
1. Promoting an innovative technique that can remove micro- and macroplastics from our beaches.
2. Demanding the tightening of existing regulations at regional, state and European level to prevent shipping containers from continuing to fall into the sea.
3. Establishing alliances with other social partners to strengthen our legislative proposals and our dialogue with authorities both in Spain and in Brussels.
4. Raising public awareness of the need to consume less plastic.
Canarias Archipiélago Sostenible has entered into a strategic alliance with Hoola Onea group of young Canadian entrepreneurs who have developed a technique that offers a solution for the elimination of plastic waste in coastal areas.
Microplastics on La Laja Beach (Gran Canaria)
The solution is designed to extract the smallest plastic particles that are virtually impossible to recover. Compared to existing beach cleaning technologies that work with sieves, our proposed solution is able to collect much smaller particles, as a flotation separation method is used to recover plastic particles down to 50 µm. Furthermore, the extraction can be performed on both dry and wet sand.
Equally important, this innovative solution features an environmentally safe separation technique: it is the only device capable of returning all the natural matter essential to the ecosystem, such as algae, to the beach.
The device consists of three modules, allowing access to areas that were previously unreachable with other clean-up mechanisms. Many sites affected by plastic pollution are not accessible by conventional roads or passable paths, making it necessary to have devices that can be easily transported by hand, in a van or on a boat.
You haven't signed the petition yet? There is still time to do it Click hereAnd don't forget to share it!