Why move through the oceans, if the oceans can move through you? An array of floating barriers first catches and concentrates the debris, enabling a platform to efficiently extract the plastic afterwards. We have now proven The Ocean Cleanup Array concept is likely a feasible and viable method to remove almost half the plastic from the North Pacific Garbage patch in 10 years, while being an estimated 7900x faster and 33x cheaper than conventional methods. The Ocean Cleanup now works towards a large-scale and operational pilot in 3-4 years’ time.
Prevention is an essential part of stopping plastic pollution, but will require radical changes in all levels of society.
In the second phase of the project, The Ocean Cleanup plans to develop spin-offs of our passive collection technology for implementation in river deltas and other waterways that transport plastic to the oceans. This could provide a rapid reduction of the influx of new plastics into the oceans.
Jan de Sonneville PhD
Norbert Fraunholcz PhD
Ir. Leonid Pavlov MSc
Nicholas P. Katsepontes BA LLB LLM
Julia Reisser MSc
At The Ocean Cleanup, we realize we will only be able to reach our end goal by surrounding us with...
With the support of over 38,000 funders from 160 countries, in 100 days over US$ 2 million has been...
Following our three very successful expeditions, we are pleased to announce the continuation of our...
After receiving many submissions for T-shirt ideas, we have chosen Melanie Hall’s design as the...
Although our crowdfunding campaign is finished, we still accept donations to support our work.
To accelerate our development, we are open to collaborations with companies and institutes.
Do you want to work in a team of volunteers with a passion for oceans that is working on the biggest environmental cleanup in history?