19-Year-Old Is Ready to Build an Ocean Cleanup Machine

Plastic pollution. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The world’s oceans contain millions of tons of trash, much of it collected into vast gyres of plastic and debris. Even if humanity stopped putting garbage in the water today, researchers project that these garbage patches would continue growing for hundreds of years.

Boyan Slat, a 19-year-old Dutch aeronautical engineering student, is raising $2 million to build an ocean cleanup contraption he designed to passively funnel garbage to specific collection points. Working with a team of over 100 people, he recently released a 528-page feasibility study (The Ocean Clean Up) detailing how the complex technology works and grappling with questions of legality, costs, environmental impact, and potential pitfalls.

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