We love this project – The Ocean Cleanup by 22-year-old Boyan Slat.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of the most polluted areas of the ocean. has a potential cleanup solution. The Ocean Cleanup uses a boom to capture plastic and keep it in areas where a boat can come and periodically pick it up. The pipe moves with the waves and uses floating anchors.
The system should be fully deployed early in 2018.
$30 million has been raised for the cleanup
Note: The Ocean Cleanup is a foundation that develops technologies to extract plastic pollution from the oceans and prevent more plastic debris from entering ocean waters. The organization was founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, a Dutch born inventor-entrepreneur of Croatian origin who serves as its CEO, and has received over $31.5 million in donations since foundation, from sponsors including Salesforce.com chief executive Marc Benioff, philantrophist Peter Thiel, Julius Baer Foundation and Royal DSM. The Ocean Cleanup also raised over 2 million USD with the help of a crowdfunding campaign in 2014. The foundation’s headquarters are in Delft, the Netherlands.