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The Road to the Cleanup: Design locked, procurement started

To meet our ambitious schedule to deploy the first cleanup system mid next year, the team has to take critical decisions on a weekly basis. Several key milestones were met in the past several months. Last week, we confirmed the final order for the first full length floater, officially kicking off the procurement phase. Boyan Slat...

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How to better clean the oceans - in 10 pictures

If you missed our announcement on May 11th, here is a photo album summarizing the 10 key moments of Boyan’s presentation. Shortly put, we announced the introduction of a mobile drifting system. This modular technology enables The Ocean Cleanup to accelerate production, deployment and extraction of plastic from the ocean....

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Pacific cleanup set to start in 2018

On May 11th during The Next Phase event, we finally unveiled what we have been covertly working on for the past two years; an improvement to our design that will enable us to start extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the next 12 months. This design improvement also increases the efficiency of the system; we...

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The Ocean Cleanup Raises 21.7 Million USD in Donations to Start Pacific Cleanup Trials

We are thrilled to announce that The Ocean Cleanup has just raised 21.7 million USD in donations. This new contribution allows us to start ocean trials of our pilot system in the Pacific Ocean later this year. This latest funding round brings our total funding since 2013 to 31.5 million USD.  We received financial support from...

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The Next Phase to be announced on May 11th

Early last year, our team made a discovery that opened the door for a significant improvement of our technology. Since then, we've covertly been working on this development. On Thursday May 11th, we will finally be ready to unveil the results, surrounded by our supporters at a special event at the ‘Werkspoorkathedraal‘ in...

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Why We Need To Clean The Ocean’s Garbage Patches

At The Ocean Cleanup, we’re developing the first feasible method to clean up world’s ocean garbage patches. Five vast areas of Open Ocean, known as the subtropical gyres, act as a trap for ocean plastic. We specifically focus on the North Pacific accumulation zone - also known as ‘the Great Pacific Garbage Patch’...

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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 raised.

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Responding to critics

I never intended to write this piece. The articles I am about to comment on are now over a year old, and when people asked me for a response on these articles, I always asked them to ‘be patient and let the feasibility study decide’.

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