In 2013 the Ocean Cleanup was founded by a Dutch boy named Boyan Slat. His aim was to clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and he came up with a first idea on how to approach that. In the past few years, the project has evolved and the plans are now concrete. The phases of feasibility research and extensive scale model-and prototype testing have been closed of successfully. The expectation is that in mid-2018 the first operational cleanup system will be deployed and with this, the largest cleanup of the ocean in history will be initiated.
It is a very ambitious plan, but it attacks an enormous problem in today’s world. Plastic in the oceans impacts our ecosystems, health and economy enormously and this is why the SIB will support the Ocean Cleanup in the coming year.