People are messy; and when they’re having fun they can make even more mess! The traditional house party presents an enormous opportunity for a tidy, organised home to be turned upside down and cleaning up afterwards can be a huge task for hosts. That’s why a New Zealand company became inundated with work after starting up. The Morning- After Maids – flatmates Rebecca Foley and Catherine Ashurst – launched in Auckland in May 2016. They offer to clean up after parties, and will also provide coffee, breakfast and medication for hangovers. The business has thrived and interest has been shown in Canada and the United States by those who wish to open a franchise.
Yes, people are messy, even on the high seas. Tired of encountering rubbish in the oceans, 19 year old Boyan Slat unveiled his plans in 2012 for the creation of an Ocean Cleanup Array. It is suggested that the Array could clean up a staggering 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from oceans across the globe. The Ocean Cleanup array is composed of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms; these could be transported to areas of littered sea where the Array would force plastic rubbish in the direction of the platforms where it would be separated from other material such as plankton and processed for recycling. Mr Slat’s paper on the Ocean Cleanup Array has won a number of prizes, including Best Technical Design 2012 at the Delft University of Technology. Since 2012 Mr Slat has founded The Ocean Cleanup Foundation responsible for developing his technological innovations. If appropriately deployed and used his solution has the potential to reduce pollution and consequently save the lives of thousands of specimens of marine life.
A different kind of mess in Cornwall consisted of thousands of bright pink plastic detergent bottles that were washed up on the coast of the Lizard in Cornwall. Reckitt Benckiser gave over £50,000 to have the bottles cleared after they had spilled from a lost shipping container.