My name is Boyan Slat, the founder and CEO at The Ocean Cleanup. We just reached proof of technology with System 002 and are starting to clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. AMA!
EDIT: Thank you all for the great questions! Signing off now, but let's do another one sometime next year.
My name is Boyan Slat, and I am the founder and CEO at The Ocean Cleanup. The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization developing and scaling technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. We plan to do this by cleaning up the legacy plastic - the plastic already floating in the ocean - and by “closing the tap” through river plastic interception. The goal is to put ourselves out of business once the oceans are clean.
See a summary of The Ocean Cleanup and what we do here: https://youtu.be/8HQEd_IX6A8
Throughout the years of developing ocean technology, we continually improved cleanup design, working towards a fleet of systems capable of eradicating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This October, with System 002, also known as “Jenny,” we successfully achieved proof of technology after repeatedly harvesting plastic, from tiny debris fragments to huge ghost nets. From nine test extractions, we collected a total of 28,659 kilograms (63,182 pounds) of plastic from the ocean. Learn more about System 002 proof of technology and what it means here: https://youtu.be/-Tt88hdVCpo
The crew is now back in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to start the cleanup.
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