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Environmental Impact: Tackling Microplastic Pollution

  Edge Factor Team   |     June 12, 2024 |   7 minute read
Edge Factor's new Elements episode tackles microplastic pollution in oceans.

Have you ever stopped to think about the journey of a single plastic item once it's disposed of? The truth is, that plastics don't disappear magically. They break down into smaller and smaller pieces, infiltrating our environment, our oceans, and even our bodies. This silent intruder, known as microplastics, poses a grave threat to marine life and human health. But what if I told you there's a beacon of hope shining through the murky waters of plastic pollution? Enter Ocean Diagnostics, a company dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of microplastics and empowering change through technology and data.


The urgency to tackle plastic pollution has never been greater. With microplastics infiltrating every corner of our planet, we need innovative solutions now more than ever to safeguard our oceans and future generations.


A new episode in the Edge Factor series, Elements, Plastic Pollution Research, is now streaming, featuring Ocean Diagnostics at the forefront of ocean conservation efforts. Dive into the depths of innovation as Ocean Diagnostics showcases its cutting-edge tools and methodologies aimed at combating plastic pollution in our planet's oceans. Join the journey as they uncover groundbreaking solutions to protect marine ecosystems and safeguard the future of our oceans.

Ocean Diagnostics is on a mission to revolutionize the fight against plastic pollution. Armed with cutting-edge technology and a relentless drive for change, they are paving the way for a cleaner, healthier future. But how exactly are they accomplishing this monumental task?


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Developing New Technology: Ascension Profiler and Beyond


At the heart of Ocean Diagnostics' arsenal lies the Ascension Profiler, a groundbreaking device designed to collect precise samples of microplastics from various depths of the ocean's water column. Unlike traditional methods, which only skim the surface, the Ascension Profiler delves deep into the heart of marine ecosystems, capturing invaluable data that paints a comprehensive picture of plastic pollution.


This innovative device allows researchers to collect samples from different layers of the water column, providing a holistic understanding of microplastic distribution. By analyzing these samples, scientists can pinpoint hot spots of pollution and devise targeted solutions to mitigate its impact.


Screenshot 2024-05-31 at 11.40.34 AMThe Ascension Profiler, designed to collect precise samples of microplastics from various depths of the ocean's water column.



  • Did you know that traditional microplastic sampling methods often miss critical data from deeper layers of the ocean? The Ascension Profiler addresses this limitation, offering a game-changing solution to enhance our understanding of plastic pollution dynamics.


  • Ocean Diagnostics is not just developing technology, they are pioneering a new era of environmental stewardship. By equipping researchers with state-of-the-art tools, they are catalyzing meaningful change and shaping a brighter future for our oceans.


  • Community Science Toolkit: This comprehensive resource empowers individuals to become agents of change in the fight against plastic pollution. From educational materials to hands-on sampling techniques, the toolkit equips participants with the knowledge and tools needed to make a difference in their communities.

“Our goal is to democratize microplastics research and inspire a new generation of environmental advocates. By engaging schools and volunteers, we are fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility for our planet's future." - Ethan Edson, Co-founder of Ocean Diagnostics

Careers in Microplastic Pollution Solutions

Edge Factor’s series, Elements aims to inspire future generations to explore careers that offer sustainable solutions and make a tangible impact in addressing environmental challenges. 


Careers in this burgeoning industry offer a wide array of opportunities for passionate individuals. From environmental scientists and marine biologists to data analysts and engineers, there's a role for everyone dedicated to preserving our oceans. Companies like Ocean Diagnostics are often on the lookout for skilled professionals to join their teams, contributing to groundbreaking research and innovative technology development. From fieldwork to laboratory analysis, or community outreach, a career in microplastic pollution solutions promises both fulfillment and meaningful change for our planet.


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Learn more about Ocean Diagnostics and join the movement to protect our oceans. Together, we can make a difference—one sample at a time.


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