South African vacuum cleaner is cleaning microplastic from beaches | World Economic Forum

South African vacuum cleaner is cleaning microplastic from beaches | World Economic Forum

“Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, it just gets smaller and smaller. The idea behind the buggy is that with a strong vacuum suction you can suck up large amounts of sand particles that include these small parts of plastic particles. Then sand filters out ideally leaving just the plastic behind. Which we hope will make it a much more efficient cleaning method”, said Krauss.

Once the engine is roaring and the Enviro Buggy moves, it’s almost cathartic to sit back and watch it suck up stray cigarette butts, straws, and bits of polystyrene. It’s almost as if you were at home vacuuming your own carpet and not the hard to walk on soft white sand of Cape Town.

“We loved the idea and got straight into designing it. Our small engineering company is based in Johannesburg and a long way from the beaches to test. But with their help on what they wanted out of this, we eventually designed the buggy,” said Luigi Faccio, engineer Matriarch Generic Engineering, and the man who designed it.

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