21-year-old inventor Boyan Slats is a prodigy in the world of eco innovation, and his ambitious plans to finally rid the oceans of plastic waste have just taken another step toward reality.
Slats came up with the idea of trash-catching barriers a couple of years ago, and the Dutch entrepreneur’s Ocean Cleanup Project successfully released its first prototype off the coast of the Netherlands last week.
There are more than 244,000 tonnes of plastic floating in the oceans, and it’s estimated that within 10 years all sea birds will have some sort of plastic in their bodies.
The Ocean Cleanup Project is looking to install a one kilometre, V-shaped boom in the middle of the ocean which will collect plastic which washes against it. The waste goes towards the centre of the V, where it will be collected and sent for recycling – and sensationally, it’s been named “Boomy McBoomface”.