How oceans clean themselves

Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece, and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he wondered: why can’t we clean this up?

While still being on secondary school, he then decided to dedicate half a year of research to understand plastic pollution and the problems associated with cleaning it up. This ultimately led to his passive clean-up concept, which he presented at TEDxDelft 2012.

Working to prove the feasibility of his concept, Boyan Slat currently heads a team of approximately 50 people, and temporarily quit his Aerospace Engineering study to completely focus his efforts on The Ocean Cleanup.

In this fascinating talk, Slat outlines a strategy to clean up ocean plastics using for-profit ventures. He also points out some surprising facts about the ocean plastic patch and how it can actually clean itself (with a little help from humans).