The Ocean Cleanup Initiative | Boyan Slat


Although money isn’t everything, it ranks right up there next to oxygen. ~ Zig Ziglar

Twenty-year-old Boyan Slat, founder of The Ocean Cleanup, has created a way that will help eliminate the plastic pollution problem in world oceans through an innovative piece of technology in order to collect plastic from the ocean set to deploy in 2016.

Around eight million tons of plastic enters the ocean waters every year, and The Ocean Cleanup is initiating the largest cleanup in history by using technology that helps extract and prevent plastic pollution. and this 21-year-old, Dutch ocean crusader, Boyan Slat is leading the way becoming the youngest winner of the United Nation’s Champions of the Earth Award for inspiring efforts to cleanup the oceans!

Yes, money would be useless if we destroyed our earth. Always take the long view. When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money. How can the oceans use their own currents to clean themselves?

Boyan Slat has combined environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece, and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he at first wondered; “why can’t we clean this up?”

Although while still in secondary school, he then decided to dedicate half a year of research to understand plastic pollution and the problems associated with cleaning it up. This has ultimately led to his passive clean-up concept, which he presented at TEDxDelft 2012. Working to prove the feasibility of his concept, Boyan Slat gave lead to a team of approximately 50 people, and temporarily quit his Aerospace Engineering study to completely focus his efforts on The Ocean Cleanup and was subsequently awarded the top global environmental prize for Inspiration and Action. Thank you for your time, energy and attention in the spirit of ideas worth spreading!

Be sure to check out The Ocean Cleanup site and follow the progress by Boyan:

They are taking a different approach in cleaning up the plastic by letting the plastic accumulate itself rather than going after the plastic as this method will help to reduce the amount of time and money needed to completely remove all of the debris.

This debris has clearly taken a toll on the environment, economy and our sustainable health and our natural ecosystems, marine mammals and species are all at risk due to the amount of plastic pollution.

As stated on The Ocean Cleanup website, our health is at risk from the toxic chemicals absorbed by the plastic. These chemicals and pollutants bio-accumulate in the food chain, resulting in higher concentration of pollutants inside fish, including ones consumed by humans.

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