“Democratizing marine plastic pollution science through DIY instrumentation”


Principal investigator: Max Liboiron

BabyLegs is a build-it-yourself research net (trawl) for monitoring plastic pollution in surface water. The invention was created by Dr. Max Liboiron, Director of Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) at Memorial University, who is turning the trawl into an accessible kit with an online community forum in partnership with Public Lab for Open Technology.

Created with a baby’s tights, soda pop bottles and other inexpensive and easy-to-find materials, BabyLegs can be used to trawl for floating microplastics from the surface of the water.

Read more on the Fathom Fund site.