If you have the will, impossible is nothing! A teen from The Netherlands is proving that right. Nineteen-year-old Boyan Slat is all geared up to clean up all the 7 million odd tons of plastic waste that are killing our oceans.
Having kicked off an organization called Ocean Cleanup Foundation, Slat is a determined kid who is all set to do what you and I thought is impossible.
The project that Slat revealed at the TEDx last year, has come a lot forward, and has now developed a device called the Ocean Cleanup Array, which comprises an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that can be deployed in large areas of the ocean where plastic waste has accumulated.
Slat’s new technology is capable of removing plastic “in a low impact and feasible method”. The Ocean Cleanup Array works akin to a funnel and can force plastic towards platforms, and can be filtered out and recycled.
It all began when Slat’s school paper on plastic particles common in the oceans brought him laurels. He was also awarded the Best Technical Design 2012 at the Delft University of Technology then. If Slat proves successful with his Ocean Cleanup Array, we can be sure of cleaner oceans around us and happy marine life all over. Kudos, Slat!