We all go through life-changing experiences in our lives, whether it’s our job or personal life.
But some people make huge changes not only in their lives but for more global changes. That’s exactly how a Dutchman called Boyan Slat’s life got its motive.
It all started when he went on a diving trip to Greece when he was 16.
He was shocked to see more plastic than fish on the coast.So, he swore to himself he was going to change about that. He didn’t know, that he would start The Ocean Cleanup project two years later. He also created a passive floating device that collects plastic.
He is so passionate about that he recently created these solar-powered barges to fish the plastic out of the rivers and prevent it from getting into the oceans.
Boyan started The Ocean Cleanup project to fulfill his mission. He wanted to develop advanced technology that could clear the oceans of the plastic and particularly disassemble and clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a stretch of marine debris that stretches from California to Japan.
The nonprofit can collects two shipping containers full of trash from the area over the years. But Boyan figured he’d rather turn to the source than try to solve the problem by “treating the symptoms”.
The engineer and conservationist found out that the 1000 rivers around the world are the source of about 80 percent of the plastic that gets dumped into the oceans.
The Ocean Cleanup’s latest invention the “Inceptor” was created to handle that problem. The solar-powered barge is made to suck river debris into dumpsters and then bring it onshore for recycling.
One such manage can collect up to 110 tons of garbage that goes into the ocean waters every single day.
It is expected to have “Inceptor” barges in every one of the world’s most polluting rivers by 2025. But for now, they are already working towards cleaning the Klang River in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Cengkareng Drain in Jakarta, Indonesia.
“Our team has remained steadfast in its determination to solve immense technical challenges to arrive at this point,” Boyan said. “Though we still have much more work to do, I am eternally grateful for the team’s commitment and dedication to the mission and look forward to continuing to the next phase of development.
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