With conventional methods it would take 79,000 years to clean the ocean
Boyan Slat noticed there were more plastic bags than fish in the water around him. So, at the age of 16, he instigated the Ocean Cleanup, an enormous – but absolutely vital – effort to rid our ocean of plastic.
Slat’s foundation has developed a prototype floating barrier system that uses the ocean’s natural currents to round up and concentrate plastic waste, vastly reducing the theoretical cleanup time.
About The Ocean Cleanup
The foundation – with the support of DSM and other partners, including the Dutch government – recently launched a prototype of the system in the North Sea, 23 km off the coast of Scheveningen, The Netherlands.
Here’s how it works: A V-shaped barrier is placed perpendicular to the currents to collect as much plastic as possible. With it’s remarkable length of a 100km it’s the largest floating object at sea. It’s five times further away from the coastline than the closest oil rig, and it needs to be anchored at a depth that’s never been reached before.
To conquer these challenges, The Ocean Cleanup uses advanced technology and innovative materials such as Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber. It’s 15x stronger than steel and was developed by DSM.
Watch the video below to see how it works.