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Suzuki's motorboat filter gobbles up microplastics

Add-on attachment launches next year as part of clean ocean project

Suzuki's new device will put motoboats to work in cleaning the world's oceans of microplastics.   © Reuters

HAMAMATSU, Japan -- Suzuki Motor has created an attachment for its boat motors that collects microplastics, a major source of pollution in the world's oceans and waterways, the company said Thursday, adding that the device was the first of its kind.

The Japanese company plans to launch the collector as an optional add-on next year, and could eventually turn it into a standard feature. The push is part of the Suzuki Clean Ocean Project, a company initiative to tackle plastic waste.

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