Lately in the news, we’ve heard that microplastics are everywhere – in our food, in our environment, and even in snow falling from the sky. But one of the more common places to find microplastics is a beach.
Though plastic is recycled, landfilled, or incinerated, a significant amount of plastic ends up in the ocean, carried by wind and water. After floating on crashing waves for years and years, plastics break down into smaller and smaller pieces, until they become microplastics. Eventually, those plastics wash back up on our shores.
When we clean beaches we can pick up the bottles and containers easily, but microplastics are harder to collect.
Think about it for a moment. How would you clean microplastics from a beach?
Sure they can be easy to spot, but some can be as small as a grain of sand. Would you sit down and pick them out, particle by particle? I mean you could, but that would take a really long time.
So that’s it, there’s no easy solution right?
Microplastic removal with Hoola One Technologies
In 2017, 12 mechanical engineering students decided to tackle this issue and came up with a solution. They designed a plastic removal device that can vacuum up a material such as sand, and separate the more buoyant plastic. Amazing idea, right?
Fast forward two years, and three of those students came together to found Hoola One, taking their innovation to the next level: Jean-Felix Tremblay, Samuel Duvai, and Jean-David Lantagne. For personal reasons, Samuel was not able to keep going with Hoola One. Anne-Sophie Lapointe replaced him, which brought a wider range of experience to the team since her business background complemented the group of engineers.
Although they’ve achieved notable success, Hoola One keeps looking to improve and become more effective. They expanded their team with Anne-Sophie joining as their Chief Development Officer, and they’re also developing a more efficient version of their plastic removal device.
Hoola One Technologies is an innovative startup solving the problem of microplastics on beaches with their plastic removal technology.