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The Ocean Cleanup

Boyan Slat came up with a solution to one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges in his teenage bedroom. Now, The Ocean Cleanup is poised to change the world.

While most 16-year-old boys are obsessed with girls and sport, Boyan Slat was – and still is – obsessed with plastic. Specifically, the huge amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean every year.

This obsession with finding a solution to clean the ocean of plastic is what lead to Boyan setting up The Ocean Cleanup project. 

"Human history is sort of a long list of things that were impossible and then were done," says Boyan in our video, in which he explains how his ground-breaking design works and reveals what drives him.

"Pessimism is what preserves the status quo, and optimism is what brings us forward."