A Man on a Mission, to Rid the Oceans of Plastic Garbage!
The founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, 20 year old Boyan Slat, has officially announced, that his newly developed ocean-cleaning system, the world's first – is set to deploy in 2016.
“Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today,” According to Slat in a blog post. “Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This deployment will enable us to study the system’s efficiency and durability over time.”
The Ocean Cleanup Project has been described as “the world’s first feasible concept to clean the oceans of plastic.”
Boyan devised a system though which, driven by the ocean currents, the plastic would concentrate itself into an array of floating barriers, where the plastic is collected, theoretically reducing the time of cleanup from millenniums down to a few decades. The system uses a static platform that passively collects plastics as wind and ocean currents push debris through 2000-meter booms (1.25 miles). It will be the longest floating structure ever deployed in the ocean.
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Image Credit: The Ocean Cleanup