WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Engineering students from Quebec developed a large vacuum cleaner that can sip and separate millions of microplastics from the sand.
- Called Hoola One plastic vacuum cleaner, the machine comes with a handheld hose which is used to suck up plastic and sand, which are later sorted and separated.
- Although starting out as a class project, the students decided to invent and develop it once they realized their machine is one of a kind.
While the task of keeping beaches clear of trash and plastic debris is proven to be quite challenging for environmentalists, still, the most difficult part lies in cleaning up all of the millions of microplastics that are impossible to separate from the sand.
Good thing, a huge new vacuum cleaner that can sweep up microplastics without picking the sand from the beach had been successfully developed by engineering students from Canada.
Serving as their class project, 12 Canadian students from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec designed their Hoola One plastic vacuum cleaner.
Sam Duval, co-founder of Hoola One told Hawaii Public Radio that after doing some research, they realized that there was no machine that can be found around the globe that can do the job.
“So we told each other, ʻWe will invent it,’ and we did it.”
With the help of a handheld hose, plastic and sand is sucked up by the machine which are then dumped into a large water tank. Being heavier than plastic, rocks and sand sink to the bottom of the tank which are later thrown back in the beach. On the other hand, plastic which is lighter floats to the top of the tank.
To test the efficiency of their machine, the students recently used it on one of the world’s dirtiest beaches-Hawaii’s Kamilo Beach.
Despite experiencing several technical difficulties, the students were able to fix the problems and clean up the beach.
As a donation to the state department, the team left the Hoola One vacuum on the island, according to the Hawaii Public Radio. While searching for funding and sponsorships to create more Hoola One vacuums, they are studying the ecological impacts of the vacuum on the beach.
Should they become successful, the machines could effectively start tidying up the beaches across the globe.
Source: Good News Network