Thanks to new technology from The Ocean Cleanup project, around 90% of plastic in our oceans could be gone by 2040.
What's incredible is that this project was started by Boyan Slate when he was only 16 years old.
The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization that develops technologies to "rid the oceans of plastic". Their aim is to remove 90% of floating ocean plastic.
“Our projections show that deploying ten systems based on System 03 will allow us to clean up the entire Great Pacific Garbage Patch for good – bringing us closer to completing our mission of ridding the oceans of plastic,” the team said in a statement.
The team from The Ocean Cleanup has also developed a very clever solution.
A thousand rivers are responsible for nearly 80% of the world's plastic pollution, so they've created the world's first scalable river plastics collector, a transportable solar-powered and fully autonomous vessel that can collect 50kgs of plastic a day from the world's most contamination rivers before it reaches the ocean.
On their official social media accounts, the founder Boyan Slate shares ocean updates.
Recently he shared that they had an exciting milestone as the team removed over 100,000kg of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
In the video, he demonstrated visually to show how much it means by 100,000kg of plastic.
In a statement he wrote, "According to our 2018 study, in which we mapped the patch, the total amount of accumulated plastic is 79,000,000 kg, or 100,000,000 kg if we include the Outer GPGP. Thus, if we repeat this 100,000 kg haul 1,000 times – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be gone".
Amazing work The Ocean Cleanup, this is so hopeful and it's such a fantastic news.