After all, the Pacific Trash Vortex, as it’s unaffectionately called, is a gigantic collection of plastic waste that has accumulated in the Pacific Ocean over the years. And that’s just one of the world’s five oceans.
Of course, scientist have pondered the dilemma. But they never came up with a viable solution.
Leave it to a teenager to think he can pull it off… some people would scoff, but youth are the future of our planet and if they can help us become more sustainable, then everybody will be better off for years to come.
Now a 19-year-old inventor by the name of Boyan Slat says we can remove nearly 20 billion tons of plastic waste with his concept he calls an ocean cleanup array. It is made from a massive series of floating booms and processing platforms that gradually suck in the floating plastic like a giant funnel.
The angle with how the array is set up allows all of the plastic to go to where the platforms processing centers are floating. At the platform processing area it would separate the naturally occurring life such as plankton an only keep the plastic materials to be recycled.
What is most impressive about the array is that once it goes operational it would clean up the oceans in only 5 years time! He also makes a point in saying that due to the vastness of our oceans most do not know how badly polluted the oceans really are.
“One of the problems with preventive work is that there isn’t any imagery of these ‘garbage patches’, because the debris is dispersed over millions of square kilometers,” Slat says on his website. “By placing our arrays however, it will accumulate along the booms, making it suddenly possible to actually visualize the oceanic garbage patches. We need to stress the importance of recycling, and reducing our consumption of plastic packaging.”In this video he talks about his idea and how it would be executed: