After hearing over and over again about the gigantic but photographically elusive Garbage Patch floating around in the Pacific, an ambitious group decided to do something about it.
They were like: ‘Hey, we can invent something that will scoop up all that plastic. No big deal!’
They came up with some schematics and set out to raise 20 million dollars to make it happen.
They made it happen.
They rigged up their contraption and set sail. Problem solved, right?
An in depth article from our friends at The Guardian reveals otherwise. They got out there to the plastic and started scooping it up, and all seemed to be going great. But then the plastic was like: ‘Not so fast, dudes. We like it out here in the open sea. We’re not going to let you just scoop us out of here that easily. We’re not going down without a fight!’
And then the unpredictable happened.
All of the plastic that was scooped up by the contraption jumped out of the contraption.
And that was that. 20 million bucks down the sewer.
Valuable lessons learned from failure
You don’t mess with plastic, first and foremost. It does what it wants.
Also, sometimes you just need to learn to live with things you don’t like. Somethings you’re just stuck with. You can spend your whole life worrying and complaining, but it won’t help. The best thing to do is to move on.