Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Plastics Technology

The Great Bubble Barrier

Remediation Strategy
Plastic Type
Invention Category
Included in analysis?
Location Invented

Effectiveness or Ecological Impact

Non-peer-reviewed Effectiveness

It captures approximately 70-80% of top-surface floating plastic and 50% of plastic underwater. The Bubble Barrier caught 86% of the floating test material (The Great Bubble Barrier FAQ, 2016).


Bubble Barrier. (n.d.). The Great Bubble BarrierĀ®. Retrieved September 12, 2023, from; Bubble barrier catches micro-plastics from effluent sewage treatment. (n.d.). Dutch Water Sector. Retrieved September 12, 2023, from; Thomson, A. (2019, February 7). Turning the tide on plastic pollution: 5 green innovators you should check out in 2019. The Sociable.
Non-peer-reviewed Effectiveness

The Great Bubble Barrier FAQ. (2016). The Great Bubble BarrierĀ®.


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