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Turns ocean plastic into wealth by capturing it in rivers and extracting the highest value from it

March 2020
March 2023


Turns ocean plastic into wealth by capturing it in rivers and extracting the highest value from it

  • World Alliance Member
  • Featured Solution
  • Labelled Solution
Label Date March 31, 2023
From United Kingdom
Maturity stage TRL 9 / CRI 2 - Commercial Trial Small Scale

The Blue Barriers are an award-winning solution to solve Ocean plastic pollution, by collecting it from rivers BEFORE it even gets to the Ocean. They use the water flow to accompany plastic litter towards a collection basin on a side of the river, where it can be easily removed and directed to recycle. They allow boat navigation and guarantee no impact on river life. Designed to resist any river condition thanks to stainless-steel cable structure, they represent a permanent solution to dramatically reduce the quantity of plastic reaching the Oceans. As recent studies prove, about 80% of plastic gets to the Ocean from rivers. The Blue Barriers collect about 100% of that plastic in std conditions, improving the quality of life of the local population, reducing the risk of flooding due to waste mismanagement and protecting important industries like tourism and fishing. Selected among The Economist's Top10 OceanChangeMakers.

The Environmental Benefits

  • Stops about 100% of riverine plastic
  • Zero impact on river life and boat navigation
  • Can be repaid in as little as 2 years by selling the collected waste as wood pellets and premium Ocean Plastic
  • Stops about 100% of macroplastic in rivers in standards conditions, as measured by the University of Florence Hydrodynamic Lab and during tests on Lamone and Tiber rivers
  • Stops microplastics too, as the large quantities of organic materials collected act as a sponge and absorb extremely dangerous meso and microplastics

The Financial Benefits

  • Research from the University of Modena shows that installing the BlueBarriers in the most polluted rivers is repaid in 2to15 years by selling the collected plastic and pellets made from wood
  • Protects relevant industries like Tourism and Fishing (2019 Deloitte research estimate the Economic Value Loss to be above $1.2B in Asia alone)
  • Creates 2 to 10 direct and indirect jobs for each installation

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We TURN OCEAN PLASTIC INTO WEALTH by collecting in rivers, creating jobs and protecting our environment.

Headquarters City Rd, London EC1V 2PD, UK
Type Startup or self-employed
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EIB Institute

The EIB Institute was set up within the EIB Group (European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund) to promote and support social, cultural, and academic initiatives with European stakeholders and the public at large. It is a key pillar of the EIB Group’s community and citizenship engagement.

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