For several years, the plastic waste that ends on Kamilo Beach has been breaking down into increasingly fine particles. Thus, the more time passes, the harder it gets to collect the plastic on the beach. That’s why the larger particles are collected first. However, it’s the small particles, that remain on the beach, that are the most damaging to our environment.
In fact, animals confuse plastic particules with insects or other living organisms and ingest them. Plastic therefore enters the food chain and poisons it. In addition to eating plastic, animals are exposed to additives contained in the plastics. These toxic products accumulate and concentrate in organisms up the food chain. This is why we must act and remove microplastics from the environment of the beach.
The Hoola One project team decided to face this issue as part of their major design project.
Hoola One takes action
At Université de Sherbrooke, mechanical engineering students are devoted to the major design project for the last two years of their degree. They put into practice the knowledge acquired in their courses by undertaking major projects. There are more than a hundred projects that have been realized since the beginning of the program. For example, planes, submarines and many on-road and off-road vehicles have been manufactured over the years.