How a non-profit is cleaning up our oceans

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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on November 25, 2018

5 years ago, 18 year old Boyan Slat came up with the idea to develop technology aimed at eliminating all the plastic from the world’s oceans. Now, his dreams have become reality!

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit which recently deployed a floating boom system to clean up the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in the North Pacific. The Garbage Patch is created by a circulating ocean current, called a gyre, which traps the garbage within a vortex. It is so large that it contains 1.8 trillion pieces of garbage, spans 1.6 million square kilometres between Hawaii and California, and can be seen from outer space!

The boom system by Ocean Cleanup clears the debris by floating along the current in a U shape which allows it to collect the trash. The plastic is then collected from the boom by a vessel and brought to land for recycling. This new project is estimated to clean half of this Garbage Patch in the first 5 years!

Boyat’s Ocean Cleanup project is proof that you’re never too young to make a difference. If he can do it, so can you!

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