MICRO-PLASTIC FILTRATION SYSTEM.
We plan to create a filter for micro-plastics which can be found in many soaps and in clothes.
WMMPF: Your clothes actually contain a ton of plastic, so whenever you wash your clothes, you are unknowingly polluting the ocean. There are over 1,900 plastic fibers within clothing, that's insane! We're creating a filter to fix this issue to the best of our abilities.
Isabella from Plastic Elastbic has been using her basement's washing machine to run test in the filter. We will modify this prototype later on to avoid flooding, etc. We took the filter and cut pieces out to analyze under a microscope.
The team spent an after-school period analyzing data using a microscope. We decided to get a picture of clothing fibers and hair fibers to make sure we didn't mistake either for plastic fibers when checking the filter for plastic.
A video of us working with one of our mentors, Mr. Naatus to install an overflow pipe into the filter and set up a system to run test.
We have been running trials on the overflow pipe and so far it has been able to handle anything we threw at it. You can see the results of these trials right here:
A video showing our prototype's progress.
New WMMPF Comng Soon:
As we've started to develop this new technology we came up with a DIY (Do It Yourself) way to make it! With just a few materials like a 3D printed cap and bottom, metal mesh material, rubber bands, and silicone glue. We had a chance to design our cap with a 3D printer so, we got to customize it and modify it to help our prototype. With our 1st and original design we created a overflow pipe attached to the filter sock but since we are literally creating every inch of this new prototype there is a built in overflow pipe which are now holes in the cap. Once we've built it we started to run test which are still currently running to test the overflow and see how we could change anything wrong with new WMMPF.
As you can see here to the left is our DIY WMMPF. The metal mesh material is rolled up and is secured with our 3D printed cap and bottom, not to mention the 3 rubber bands helping to support the metal mesh material. After all the objects are put together we sealed it with silicone.
The picture on the right you can see the overflow holes that are currently being tested.
SHOWER DRAIN: Many soaps and body scrubs contain plastic beads that are extremely harmful to our environment and easily get into our oceans through the drains.
Once we heard about the ban going out in 2017, our project switched gears inspiring us to create the WMMPF.
We looked at micro-plastics under a microscope using a soap high in polyethylene (otherwise known as plastic). This way we can compare the results after testing with a filter prototype.
THE TEAM GETTING TO WORK!