In 2015 Boyan Slat was only 20 years old when designed a device that promised to rid the world’s oceans of plastic by prompting it to clean itself.
Now Slat’s invention is ready to clean up the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a vortex of floating trash in the North Pacific Ocean.
Slat’s foundation The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization, developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.
“Once plastic enters the marine food web, there is a possibility that it will contaminate the human food chain as well,” The Ocean Cleanup explains, “efforts to clean and eradicate ocean plastic have also caused significant financial burdens”.
– By utilizing the ocean currents to our advantage, our passive drifting systems are estimated to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years’ time. –
We have successfully initiated our 120-meter tow test unit towards its designated test pattern approximately 50 nautical miles outside of San Francisco’s Golden Gate. This is an important test before we deploy our complete system into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch later this summer.
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Our technology was born from a simple idea, yet it required countless iterations to bring it where it is today. We firmly believe in this continuous development process and we’re not afraid of going back to the whiteboard when there is a chance to improve upon ourselves. We are always open to external input and we now made it even easier for anybody to send us feedback. If you are an engineer, a researcher, a student or simply an innovative mind, and you think you could help us improve our technology, we invite you to use the form on our website to submit your input.