Each year there are eight million tons of floating plastic that enter the ocean from land. The disgusting trash is extremely harmful to all marine animals. The larger creatures usually get hopelessly tangled in the abandoned fishing gear.
At the same time, the smaller animals often eat pieces of plastic by mistake.The situation gets worse every year. And that is why Boyan Slat, the 21-year-old Dutch inventor and aerospace engineering student, seems to have found a solution. Have a look at his invention.
The the 21-year-old student and his team have created a technology that could potentially clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in a period of approximately 10 years. We all hope that Boyan will succeed in making the world cleaner.
Boyan’s organization The Ocean Cleanup hopes to pilot a test in 2016 for a one-mile barrier in the waters between Japan and South Korea, near the island group of Tsushima. That is one of the most polluted areas in the world.
The greatnest of this concept lies in the fact that a network of floating walls would work with the oceans’ currents, thus making the whole system self-sufficient. The inflatable barriers won’t harm the marine life that can safely swim underneath them, but will catch the debris floating on the water surface.