The Ocean Cleanup labelled "a dream that seduced many people"

Sustainability experts have questioned the validity of The Ocean Cleanup, an initiative designed to scoop plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean.

"I'm not saying it's a hoax; rather [it's] a dream that seduced many people and donors," said Italian environmentalist and TV journalist Cristina Gabetti. "And we all fell for it."

"The science community is skeptical," she added.

Architect and plastic recycling expert Arthur Huang told Dezeen that The Ocean Cleanup "cannot be a plausible solution" to removing ocean plastic.

He added that the media attention lavished on the project has drawn attention away from more viable attempts to stop plastic from getting into the ocean in the first place. He described The Ocean Cleanup as "very bad for many real solutions worldwide".

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