Boyan Slat raises two million dollar to clean up the ‘plastic soup’
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 project ‘Ocean Cleanup‘ attracted considerable attention. And so did the crowdfunding, which he himself set up completely in Kickstarter–style.
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)