A brilliant 18-year-old by the name of Boyan Slat has devised an incredible Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. His ground-breaking idea consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world.
Rather than moving around the ocean, the array would span and act like a giant funnel that would force plastic into its platform for separation from the water, plankton and then for proper disposal.
Boyan Slat first demonstrated this concept in a project for school for which he analysed the amount of plastic particles in the ocean’s garbage patches. His paper got the attention it deserved and won several prices, notably the Best Technical Design 2012 at the Delft University of Technology. As Boyan’s concepts evolved and started becoming a feasible reality, he revealed all the facts at the 2012 TEDxDelft.
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After raising many eyebrows with his creative genius, Slat went on to found The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-profit organization which is responsible for the development of his proposed technologies. Turning his idea into reality could potentially save hundreds of thousands of ocean animals and greatly reduce pollutants found in our oceans that are passed on to humans through the food chain.