Upcycle the Gyres Society (UpGyres) was registered and incorporated as a not-for profit organization on June 27, 2012 in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
- Certificate Number S/59980
- Business Number 811094507BC0001
UpGyres works to:
Stop plastic from getting into the ocean! – By promoting the reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery and upcycling of plastic waste on land
Clean the ocean! – By sustainably recovering marine plastic pollution and transforming it into revenue streams
Upcycle: Upcycling is the practice of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality -and/or- of higher environmental value.
Gyres: Large systems of rotating ocean currents where stable waters create a roundup of floating items including garbage, i.e. convergence zones for plastic pollution.
Upcycle the Gyres is working to transform marine plastic pollution suspended in the circular oceanic currents into quality materials and products of high environmental value.
Plastic is made from oil.
Plastic waste from land and from marine operations ends up in the oceans; the circular oceanic currents known as gyres bring that waste back onto our beaches.
UpGyres is based in North Vancouver, Canada; we clean up plastic garbage from the ocean and translate it into profits. We use plastic to oil technology to recover the value and energy of those discarded plastics and convert them into crude oil and refined low emissions fuel.
Conventional wisdom says that ocean cleanup is not commercially or environmentally viable; we are challenging that notion.
Our back of the envelope calculations estimate no loss of sea life and billions in revenues.
Our goal is to take the plastic to oil equipment on board of a ship and create the new industry of regenerative marine waste management.
We are working with International Submarine Engineering in Port Coquitlam, Canada to make sure that our operations at sea are successful.
To prove our business model on land; we partnered with Recycling Alternative to process land and ocean plastics at Vancouver’s first recycling eco-industrial Green Hub in the False Creek area.
We are demonstrating a desktop size version of the technology in Vancouver at Science World until October 27, 2013.read more