We kept this project under the radar to avoid raising false expectations. Our objective was to be able to announce a project that was actually working and, now that we have two systems operating, we believed now was the appropriate time to unveil this with the wider public. Additionally, we did mention the project in our annual report, albeit subtly.
During the initial development phase, funds for this project were earmarked by specific donors and were, therefore, allocated as promised. Because we are a nonprofit, we did touch on the subject in our yearly annual report, albeit succinctly, to avoid unnecessary external pressure during this crucial period. Remaining funds spent on this project have been from our general funding, as we believe this technology is integral to our mission of ridding the world’s oceans of plastic.