manta-ray shaped platform

Slat’s concept is based on a simple trolling system, only on a very large scale. Ocean currents will provide all the energy needed to troll the gyres free of garbage.

We’ve heard it before; the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a problem for which there is no solution.

It affects the food chain, it fouls beaches, it’s bad for ships, and it will never go away. That is unless you talk to Boyan Slat, first year aerospace engineering student and creator of the Marine Litter Extraction system.

During a recent TEDx talk at his school,  TU Delft in the Netherlands, Boyan detailed his plans for an innovative system that he says is cost effective, sustainable, and has the potential to rid an ocean-wide gyre of plastic – 7.25 million tons to be exact – in just 5 years. Have a listen…. 

So can a zig-zagged array of 24 manta ray-shaped platforms really clean the entire Garbage Patch? We’re not sure, but it’s an idea worth spreading. 

But then again, maybe the “Pacific Garbage Patch” isn’t as much of an issue as we think?

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  • Hope Wright

    How wonderful if this could work!! Important to read the book by Captain Charles Moore: “Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans” with incredible photos of the Pacific Gyre.

  • http://www.economic-undertow.com/ steve from virginia

    $300/barrel import fee on crude oil would solve the problem of plastic waste as plastic would become too valuable to throw away.

    Instead, there is subsidy of waste … then attempt to gain another more subsidies to clean up the waste.

    If $300/barrel doesn’t work, try $500/barrel.

    If a gallon of diesel fuel cost $2000 there would be no waste and no concerns about ‘running out’ of crude oil. Fuel would be hoarded like gold, every spare BTU would be precious. Now?

  • http://. John Louis

    the question is? who will pay this bill? while not adopting recycling continue discarding our trash daily in the seas, rivers and lakes.

  • Silina

    Amazing! Thank you Boyan for your hairdressing trip enlightening idea. By now I hope that this endeavor is on its way. Should be sponsored by United Nations because of its global concern.

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