The ocean cleanup program, which plans to sell goods made from recycled plastic waste to fund its continued operations, has just launched its first product. Each pair of ocean cleanup sunglasses is made of plastic trash pulled from the “Great Pacific Garbage belt” and is designed to be easily recycled at the end of its life. < / P > < p > after years of development and testing, ocean cleanup finally set out for the “Great Pacific Garbage belt” at the end of 2018, hoping to use its huge floating boom to passively collect plastic waste in the area. Its first batch of rubbish was towed back to shore at the end of 2019, and the team then concluded the first successful mission. < / P > < p > the plastic waste it collected throughout the mission has now been sorted, cleaned and compounded into certified high-quality plastic for use in the manufacture of sunglasses. With polarizing lenses and stainless steel hinges, the frames are designed to be easily removable and recycled at the end of life. The glasses also come with a box made of recycled parts from the first garbage collection system and a pouch made from recycled PET bottles. < / P > < p > Ocean cleanup plans to use the sales of these sunglasses to fund its upcoming mission to clean up plastic waste in the marine environment. The group estimates that for every pair of sunglasses sold, a landfill equivalent to 24 football fields can be cleared, and if all the sunglasses made of recycled plastic are sold, the equivalent of 500000 football fields can be cleared. < / P > < p > that sounds impressive, but there are 5 to 12 million tons of plastic flowing into the ocean every year, and that rate is expected to triple over the next 20 years. The ocean cleanup team will certainly be very aware of this, but as an example of the efforts it has made so far and a model of the plastic recycling economy, its new green glasses are a good start. Global Tech