At The Ocean Cleanup, it is our mission to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. We are founded on the belief that technology is the most potent agent of change, capable of solving problems of ocean scale. Merely preventing the problem from getting worse isn’t enough – we’re taking it a step further, aiming to turn back the clock by tackling the garbage which has already accumulated in the world’s oceans. We develop state-of-the-art technologies to enable a clean future. We are The Ocean Cleanup.
It was the summer of 2011 when then 16-year-old Boyan Slat was diving in Greece, and realized he came across more plastic bags than fish.
Being asked to write a high school science paper, he then used that time to investigate the plastic pollution problem, and why people claimed it was nearly impossible to clean up. This work eventually lead him to the idea of using the natural ocean currents to let the oceans clean themselves.
He first floated the concept in 2012 using a TEDx Talk, which rapidly went viral, being watched millions of times. A crowd funded, crowd sourced team of voluntary scientists and engineers then stepped up to help work out the idea.
The Ocean Cleanup was officially founded in 2013.
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