Sustainability is one of the major commitments of Alicante Puerto de Encuentro and the Sailing Tour of the World. On this occasion, we will count on the collaboration of the Foundation «The Ocean Cleanup»
which has put in place a unique cleaning system that aims to reduce plastics in water bodies and eliminate the 250,000 tons that inhabit the marine ecosystem.
To this end, its founder, Boyan Slat, has implemented a large-scale, passive method of removing solid waste from ocean gyres within a range of 12 kilometres.
The method consists of a stabilized floating system with an anchor at a depth of approximately 600 meters and a screen under the floating tube that traps and collects the solid waste. These U-shaped systems navigate aimlessly and will concentrate the waste at a central point from where it can be extracted and returned to land.
“The Ocean Cleanup” will be present at the Race Village in Alicante Puerto de Encuentro. During the four days of the event, visitors will be able to enjoy an exhibition of large panels illustrating the magnitude of this great plastic disposal project.
In addition, the exhibition has an “environmentally sustainable” format in which the public will be able to observe the images while recycling containers and contributing to the reduction of plastic. To this end, in the lower part of the structure on which the exhibition is built there will be some yellow containers that will invite recycling.
This is a way of actively raising public awareness of the importance of this issue, which is expected to increase plastic production by 900% by 2020 and to further harm marine species.