We are Boyan Slat and Laurent Lebreton, the founder and the Lead Oceanographer of The Ocean Cleanup. We just published the most comprehensive study on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. AMA!
We're Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, and Laurent Lebreton, The Ocean Cleanup's Lead Oceanographer. The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic. This summer we are deploying our first cleanup system inside the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California. (see a short summary about TOC here: https://www.facebook.com/TheOceanCleanup/videos/1569348903098152/)
To solve a problem, you need to fully understand it. On Thursday we published a paper in Scientific Reports. This paper paints the most comprehensive picture of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to date. The patch has the highest accumulation of floating plastic debris in the world’s oceans, and we found it may hold up to 16 times more plastic than previously estimated.
Find out more about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch here: https://www.theoceancleanup.com/great-pacific-garbage-patch/
and here: https://youtu.be/0EyaTqezSzs
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