At just twenty-five years old, the CEO and founder of revolutionary plastic waste company, The Ocean Cleanup, has remarkably invented a device that enables our oceans and rivers to rid themselves of plastic pollution.
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Now, this solution will be music to most people’s ears…
Because, for years, our plastic pollution issue has been spiralling out of control.
Between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans each year, according to figures published in the journal Science, and if we don’t act now, our oceans could be destroyed forever.
Public figures like Greta Thunberg have encouraged millions of people all over the world to reduce their single plastic use.
But the fact remains the same – Greta Thunberg, who has a 9.9 million-strong following on Instagram, is yet to offer any practical solution to the ongoing battle against plastic pollution.
None of it will actually eradicate the millions of tonnes of plastic building up on the floor of our oceans, will it?
Well, while millions of people were listening to Greta…
A slightly less idolised teenager was quietly getting to work to clean up our oceans once and for all.
After going on a diving trip to Greece when he was sixteen, the Netherlands-born Boyan was shocked and appalled to see that there was more plastic than there was fish in the ocean.
Boyan decided to actually do something about the problem.
Boyan’s mission was to develop advanced technology that could rid the oceans of the plastic and particularly disassemble and clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a stretch of marine debris between California and Japan.
The Ocean Cleanup had invented and brought to life System 001 – a floating barrier nearly 2,000ft long that sits along the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest accumulation zone of ocean plastics.
And, using 60 different systems, gradually eradicates all the plastic cluttering that part of the ocean.
And experts expect that the system will have cleaned over half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by 2025.
The Interceptor is a solar-powered barge that has been created specifically to collect river debris into dumpsters and then bring it onshore for recycling.
So he decided to cut the flow at the source.
“To rid the oceans of plastic, we need to not only clean up what is already out there but also stop new plastic from entering the ocean: we need to close the tap.”
And works by collecting hoards of plastic debris onto a conveyor belt.
“River waste flowing with the current is guided by the barrier towards the opening of the Interceptor. Thanks to the Interceptor’s catamaran design, the water flow path is optimized to pass through the system, carrying the plastic onto the conveyor belt.”
That would otherwise end up cluttering our ocean’s floors.
But for now, they are already working hard in the Klang River in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Cengkareng Drain in Jakarta, Indonesia.
What an incredible young man.