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Dutch non-profit organisation, The Ocean Cleanup, is set to test its revolutionary technologies to rid an area of the ocean, now known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, of vast quantities of plastic as soon as next year.
The Ocean Cleanup, under the leadership of 22-year-old Dutch change maker Boyan Slat, has designed systems that float on the surface of an area of the ocean that collects pollution from around the world, and skims plastic off the top layer of water.
An initial idea by Boyan Slat and his team involved one massive device, extending as much as 60 miles. The team has since abandoned that idea in favour of several devices across a smaller area – up to 50 devices of 0.6 miles each.
The Ocean Cleanup envisages a system that lets the ocean currents do the work. An installation of U-shaped screens channels floating plastic to a central point.
According to The Ocean Cleanup, instead of going…
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