Ocean Cleanup Project
About six years ago, Boylan Slat at 17 years old, had a plan to rid the ocean of plastic and invented the machine to do just that. Now, just in time for Earth Day, he announced that he is almost ready to launch his groundbreaking initiative designed to get rid of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”
If you can believe it, this patch is a massive island of trash drifting halfway between California and Hawaii, with over a trillion pieces of debris. It is a floating mass roughly twice the size of the state of Texas.
Slat dropped out of college so he could bring his plans to life. With $2.2 million in crowdfunding for his idea, as well as millions of more dollars through investors, his nonprofit Ocean Cleanup Project now employs 70 engineers, researchers, and scientists dedicated to cleaning up the sea of plastic.
They are launching 60 custom built trash picker-uppers out of San Francisco Bay to start collecting the trash in July. Each floating machine collects floating trash of all sizes without using large amounts of energy or resources, and fish can pass underneath without being harmed.
With boats arriving to clean up the trash every six to eight weeks, Boylan estimates that half of the patch will be collected in five years.
Way to Go!! That is coming up with a solution to a problem if I ever saw it!