Dutch Inventor Has Brilliant Way To Clean Earth’s Oceans in 5 Years Time
By Digilyfe Founder & Lead Editor Steve Brown @Stevebtech
The monumental task of cleaning up the world’s oceans with its vast accumulations of discarded plastic waste was considered an utter impossibility. Many in the scientific community estimate that in 30 years time, plastic bottles and debris in the ocean will out-number fish and sea-life if a major environmental solution is not found. Enter Boyan Slat, a 22-year-old inventor who says he and his Ocean Cleanup Foundation has a way to clean up the world’s oceans within five years time.
It’s called the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ or “Pacific Trash Vortex”, a massive collection of plastic debris larger than the state of Texas that has accumulated in the Pacific and polluting beaches and coastal areas all all over the world.
Scientists have considered all manner of ways how the debris could be retrieved but there was no clear answer on what to do with it once collected.
Slat says his invention The Ocean Cleanup Array, can remove nearly 20 billion tons of plastic waste while protecting marine life. The system uses a series of massive floating booms and processing platforms that gradually suck in the floating plastic like a giant funnel.
The out-stretched array allows all of the plastic to collect into the platforms processing center, while the platform’s processing sections separate any sea life and only keep the plastic materials to be recycled.
What is most impressive about the array is that once it becomes operational can clean up earth’s oceans in only 5 years time!