Teen's Invention Will Be Able To Clean Our Ocean in 5 Years

Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It’s a mid-ocean garbage site often called the “Pacific Trash Vortex” currently containing over 1.8 trillion pieces of trash. Researchers recently reported that the patch covers an area four times the size of California and is growing at an exponential rate. Plastic waste is highly concerning to scientists who stress its harmful effects on marine life. In fact, the @TheOceanCleanup reported that sea turtles living near the patch had diets consisting of three-quarters plastic 😱 (source: @NYTimes). How are you working to reduce your consumption of single-use plastics?

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For today's feel good, we are reminded of the young Boyan Slat and his invention, made 6 years ago, finally being launched within the near future. 

For those who don't know, Boyan at 16, came across more plastic than fish while diving in Greece. This inspired him to launch an initiative to clean up the World's Oceans. He decided to devote a high school project to deeper investigation into the ocean's plastic solution. Something that was previously considered impossible to clean up.  Slat then dreamt together a passive system that uses the circulating ocean currents as energy to clean up trash. Check out the video below to see how the technology works!

Now, 6 years since the inception of this clean up technology, Boyan has stated that it will only take 5 years to clean up the  Great Pacific garbage Patch. This is a fraction compared to the prospected thousands of years scientists originally estimated for the patched to be cleaned. 

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located between Hawaii and California, weighing an estimated 176 million pounds with an area of approximately 600,000 square miles. The mass is about three times the size of France but in garbage instead of wine and cheese. There is roughly 1.8 trillion pieces of garbage in Great Pacific Garbage Patch, most of it is discarded fishing equipment. This patch is a MAJOR issue, the trash kills over 100,000 marine animals annually, including whales, seals, turtles, dolphins, and birds.

Once the 60 trash receptacles are implemented, ships will come by every 6 weeks to empty the debrees and take them away. It looks like The Ocean Cleanup will launch its plan in July. They will first take on debris in the San Francisco Bay. Get this, the company plans to install 60 mile-long nets with the goal of ridding the ocean of plastic by 2050.

What a feel good, the Oceans will soon be cleaned!

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