The Ocean Clean-Up Project

Technologies to intercept, extract, and prevent plastic pollution within ocean waters

The Ocean Clean-up

Millions of tons of plastic waste have ended up in our oceans and create a huge impact on ecology and well being of many marine eco-systems and a considerable threat to human health. To render the impossible possible, young Dutch researcher Boyan Slat has developed an approach that promises to collect and extract plastic waste from the oceans without producing additional carbon emissions or endangering sea life. Claimed to be the largest clean-up in history, the approach uses long, floating barriers placed strategically in the ocean currents in order to corral the plastic into collection points using the power of the sea alone. In 2014, it was confirmed that this design would indeed be capable of removing half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch cost-effectively within 10 years.

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The ocean clean-up project