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The Ocean Cleanup foundation, founded by Dutch engineering student Boyan Slat when he was just 20 years old, will begin work in the first half of 2018– two years ahead of schedule!
Its first major operation will begin in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a swirling vortex of mainly plastic waste located in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean.
As reported by dezeen.com —
“The team will use a floating barrier to slowly push the plastic to shore. This update of the initial design, which was recognised at the Designs of The Year awards in 2015, will be weighted to move with the current instead of fixed to the sea bed. Once ashore, the waste plastic would be recycled and turned into sellable products to help fund the project.
… ‘The elegance of the design is that we managed to make it even simpler,’ he added. ‘It’s just one barrier, one anchor, two lines connecting them and a central passive collection point for the plastic.’
… Slat first came up with the Ocean Cleanup idea in 2011 when he was 16, after a diving holiday in Greece where he saw a huge amount of plastic waste in the water. He developed this into a school project, which was given an award by Delft’s University of Technology.
His organisation now has over 100 volunteers, including scientists and engineers, and is supported by 15 other institutions.”
According to its website, a full-scale deployment of the system is estimated to clean up 50 % of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years.
Great news for our planet and how inspiring that one idea can make all the difference!