Our oceans are a mess: on the one hand overfishing poses a thread not only to marine creatures but also endangers the fundamental existence of millions of people. On the other hand, Marine life that is not (yet) threatened by extinction from this direction faces another serious problem: plastic pollution.
Millions of tons of plastic have entered the oceans, posing serious ecological, economic and health threats to marine and human life alike. Needless to say these gigantic rotating currents of plastics have to go. But how to clean up this mess?
The Ocean Cleanup team came up with an innovative solution to fight these millions of tons of plastic. They developed new technologies to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution.
To reach their goal, founder Boyan Slat and his team of 100 committed volunteers and professionals performed research in the fields of engineering, physical oceanography, ecology, finance, maritime law, processing and recycling. By initiating the largest cleanup in history, The Ocean Cleanup wants to fuel the world’s fight against oceanic plastic pollution. Detailed information about their plans can be found at the official website at www.theoceancleanup.com.