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38,615 people
for their incredible
support!

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The Problem

The plastic pollution problem

  • Millions of tons of plastic have entered the oceans (UNEP 2005)
  • Plastic concentrates in five rotating currents, called gyres (Maximenko et al., 2012)
  • In these gyres there is on average six times more plastic than zooplankton by dry weight (Moore et al., 2001) 

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The Solution

It is of course essential to first close the tap, to prevent any more plastic from reaching the ocean in the first place.

However, this will not be a solution for the plastics already trapped in the currents of the gyres.

The Ocean Cleanup works to develop world’s first feasible method to clean the gyres of plastic, using the currents to our advantage.

Extraction

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.

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Prevention

Prevention is an essential part of stopping plastic pollution, but will require radical changes in all levels of society.
The Ocean Cleanup aims to assist with these efforts by stressing its importance, and by raising awareness about the problem and its solutions. Obviously, prevention is something we are all responsible for.

 

Interception

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.

 

About Us

19-year-old Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability.

While diving in Greece, he became frustrated when coming across more plastic bags than fish, and wondered: "why can't we clean this up?"

Working to show the feasibility of his concept, Boyan gave lead to a team of approximately 100 people.

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Florian Dirkse
Internal communication & events

Jan de Sonneville PhD
Lead engineer

Norbert Fraunholcz PhD
Processing & Recycling coordinator

Ir. Leonid Pavlov MSc
CFD & CM coordinator

Nicholas P. Katsepontes BA LLB LLM
Maritime & Environmental law coordinator

Julia Reisser MSc
Lead oceanographer

Blog

24

Nov

It's here: Feasibility Study V2.0!

Feasibility Study V2.0 is now available for download.

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01

Oct

THE OCEAN CLEANUP IS HIRING

At The Ocean Cleanup, we realize we will only be able to reach our end goal by surrounding us with...

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15

Sep

Crowd funding campaign successfully completed

With the support of over 38,000 funders from 160 countries, in 100 days over US$ 2 million has been...

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14

Sep

Announcing: Gyre Expeditions 2015 - Booking now open!

Following our three very successful expeditions, we are pleased to announce the continuation of our...

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Support Us

Although our crowdfunding campaign is finished, we still accept donations to support our work.

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To accelerate our development, we are open to collaborations with companies and institutes.

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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?

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