Boyan Slat raises two million dollar to clean up the ‘plastic soup’

Boyan Slat extracts 7,250.000 tons of plastic out of the oceans with this innovation

Boyan Slat extracts 7,250.000 tons of plastic out of the oceans with this innovation in 5 years.

Dutch TU/Delft student Boyan Slat has raised $ 2 million to clean up the ‘plastic soup’ in the sea. With this money he is going to build a prototype of a device that sweeps up the mess together.

The system Slat (20) devised consists of 100 kilometer-long floating arms in V-shaped catching the plastic which will be brought ashore recycling. His projectOcean Cleanup attracted considerable attention. And so did the crowdfunding, which he himself set up completely in Kickstarterstyle.

The Ocean Cleanup Array concept is a feasible and viable method to remove almost half the plastic from the North Pacific Garbage patch in 10 years, while being an estimated 7900x faster and 33x cheaper than conventional methods. The Ocean Cleanup now works towards a large-scale and operational pilot in 3-4 years’ time.

The plastic pollution problem

  • Millions of tons of plastic have entered the oceans (UNEP 2005)
  • Plastic concentrates in five rotating currents, called gyres (Maximenko et al., 2012)
  • In these gyres there is on average six times more plastic than zooplankton by dry weight (Moore et al., 2001)

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