Want to find out if nearby waterway's are polluted with microplastic? Well, head over to kickstarter and pre-order your BabyLegs kit now. BabyLegs is a simple, do-it-yourself kit that allows you to test any body of water for its plastic pollution contents. The solution is supported by Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist, anti-colonial lab specializing in monitoring plastic pollution.
Once you have your BabyLegs assembled, the first step is to attach it to a boat, bridge or dock and let these legs do their thing. Once you have your samples, the kit from CLEAR also helps you analyze what you have caught.
According to the Kickstarter campaign, “The activity guides included with this kit are divided into sections on building the BabyLegs trawl, deploying BabyLegs in the water, processing the sample in a kitchen, school or laboratory, where plastics are sorted from organics and finally forensically analyzing the microplastics so you can learn about pollution in your waters.”
It will be interesting to see how much data this 'crowd-sourcing' project will produce. It will certainly draw more attention and education for our cause - the fight against plastic pollution.