The Ocean Cleanup, launched by 22-year-old Boyan Slat, is an array that could clean up to 50 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in a mere 5 years. How does it work? An anchor that's attached to the cleanup array tethers it to a deep water layer, which drifts with the ocean currents. It's then free to rotate and orient itself in the direction from which the plastic is coming, to scoop up even more junk. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
"Four years ago when I founded The Ocean Cleanup, everyone told me that there was no way to clean up what's already out there, and the only thing you could do is avoid making it worse. But to me, that was just such an uninspiring message. Don't we all want a future that is better than the present? And now, we are able to show, with data, that we can actually make things better again. We can do this. We must do this. We will do this," said Slat.