How inspiration is cleaning the ocean

Floating boom used to collect plastic

A technology startup called The Ocean Cleanup is about to start removing plastic from the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ that lies between California and Hawaii.

Giant floating scoops, each a mile long, will gather the plastic together. Then, every six to eight weeks, boats will go out to collect the debris.

What was the underlying driver that made this incredible project happen?

Company founder Boyan Slat says:

“The plastic pollution problem has always been portrayed as something insolvable. The story has always been ‘OK, we can’t clean it up – the best we can do is not make it worse’. To me that’s a very uninspiring message.”

When you find what inspires you and other people, you can make incredible things happen — even cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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Photo credit: The Ocean Cleanup

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