Guy, 19, Invents a Way to Clean up the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

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9th Jun 2014
Written by: Victoria Philpott

19 Year Old Set to Clean up the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

Fatal spot for millions of creatures every year

Founder and President of The Ocean Clean Up, Boyan Slat says he has “invented a method to clean up almost half of the great Pacific’s garbage patch in just 10 years, using currents to [his] advantage.”

At just 19 he’s been working on the project for many years and his success shows his passion.

Millions of tons of plastic litter the world’s oceans. Over the years the litter has converged together to create a tough blanket of trash called a gyre which just keeps getting bigger and bigger. These gyres prove fatal to more than one million birds and another 100,000 marine mammals every year.  

Boyan wants to put a stop to this.

He started to work on the idea after a diving trip in Greece.

I was coming across more plastic bags than fish.

He asked himself, “Why can’t we clean this up?”

Boyan recently spoke at a TEDx Talk in the Netherlands about his plans to clean up the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch. His ideas and entrepreneurialism have earned him the title of one of Intel’s 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide.  

Watch the video above to find out his plans and then visit his website to show him some support. 


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