Issue 18 | Face the Current

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FtC culture

Ocean Pollution Solution? Dutch Inventor Boyan Slat Unleashes “The Ocean Cleanup” on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Interview by Sasha Frate | all images provided by the ocean cleanup Here is something scary.The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world and is located between Hawaii and California.The mass estimated to comprise 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, spans 617,763 square miles (1.6 million square km), about three times the size of France. Even scarier? It’s not the only marine trash vortex—it’s just the biggest.The Atlantic and Indian Oceans both have trash vortexes. In addition to being harmful to marine life, the debris threatens algae and plankton communities, which are critical to the entire marine food web. Here is something encouraging. Boyan Slat is a Dutch inventor who creates technologies to solve societal problems. He is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, which develops advanced systems to rid world’s oceans of plastic. Even more encouraging? Slat’s company,The Ocean Cleanup, is now preparing to launch the first full-scale operational clean-up system into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by mid-2018.