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The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization, developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.

Founded: 2013 by Boyan Slat

The Ocean Cleanup
  • Program Area

    Environment, Public Service & Civic Engagement
  • Location of Impact

  • Headquarters Location

    Delft, Netherlands
  • Product Platforms

    Web, Hardware
  • Budget

    $1,000,000 +

By deploying a fleet of systems, The Ocean Cleanup has estimated to be able to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years’ time. The concentrated plastic will be brought back to shore for recycling and sold to B2C companies. The revenue gained will help fund the cleanup expansion to the other four ocean gyres. In preparation for full-scale deployment, The Ocean Cleanup organized several expeditions to map the plastic pollution problem in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to an unprecedented degree of detail. The team simultaneously advanced its design through a series of scale model tests, including prototypes deployed in the North Sea 2016 and 2017. System trials off the American west coast will start early 2018 and the first cleanup system deployment in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is scheduled to take place mid-2018.

Funders and Awards

Awards include: UN Champion of the Earth 2015, Designs of the Year 2015 - The Design Museum, Design to Improve Life 2015 - Index Design to Improve Life, Innovation by Design - Fast Company, Time's 25 Best Inventions of 2015 -, Entrepreneur's Brilliant 100 2016 - Entrepreneur Magazine, Heyerdahl Award Young 2017 - The Norwegian Shipowner's Association, European Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 - Euronews and European Business Summit