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19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World’s Oceans

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19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling.

The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, Ocean Cleanup Array, Boyan Slat, pacific garbage patch, garbage patch, plastic fibres, plastic foodchain, plastic recycling, TED, gyres, At school, Boyan Slat launched a project that analyzed the size and amount of plastic particles in the ocean’s garbage patches. His final paper went on to win several prizes, including Best Technical Design 2012 at the Delft University of Technology. Boyan continued to develop his concept during the summer of 2012, and he revealed it several months later at TEDxDelft 2012.

Slat went on to found The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-profit organization which is responsible for the development of his proposed technologies. His ingenious solution could potentially save hundreds of thousands of aquatic animals annually, and reduce pollutants (including PCB and DDT) from building up in the food chain. It could also save millions per year, both in clean-up costs, lost tourism and damage to marine vessels.

It is estimated that the clean-up process would take about five years, and it could greatly increase awareness about the world’s plastic garbage patches. On his site Slat says, “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 kilometres. 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.” To find out more about the project and to contribute, click here.

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Ocean Cleanup Array + Solar Impulse Announces US Tour + 50% of US Rivers Unfit for Life : Inhabitat Weekly March 29th

Dear Inhabitants

Green car enthusiasts rev your engines! This week Team Inhabitat hit the floor of the 2013 New York Auto Show to bring you the hottest new hybrid and electric cars – from Mercedes-Benz’ B-Class Electric Drive to Nissan’s Pathfinder hybrid,BMW’s Active Tourer plug-in and beyond. We’ll be bringing you fresh coverage through the week, so stay tuned for more!

We also showcased several groundbreaking technologies for a more sustainable planet, starting with a brilliant 19-year-old’s Ocean Cleanup Array – which could collect 7 million tons of plastic from floating garbage patches around the world. We also brought you on-scene coverage of the Solar Impulse airplane as it announced plans to complete the first sun-powered flight across the United States. Meanwhile, scientists developed the world’s lightest material – graphene aerogel – and a team of researchers created efficient, recyclable solar panels from trees!


Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2014 B-Class Electric Drive

Nissan Unveils First Ever Pathfinder Hybrid for 2014

Tesla Model S Named 2013 World Green Car of the Year!

BMW Unveils Plug-In Hybrid Active Tourer Concept

Subaru Unveils 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid


Ocean Cleanup Array Could Collect 7 Million Tons Of Plastic

Solar Impulse Announces First Flight Across America!

TORQ Roadster – World’s Fastest All-Electric Trike Unveiled

New Graphene Aerogel is the World’s Lightest Material

Prefab Billboard House Rises in Mexico City

Beautifully Sculpted Bicycle is Made From 100% Wood

EPA Declares More than Half of US Rivers Unfit for Life

Tiny Abod Shelters Pop Up in Just One Day

10 Green Home Designs at the Architectural Digest Show

Developer Offers $100,000 to Take His Geodesic Dome

Researchers Create Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees


Tune In to the Design With a Conscience Webcast!

We’re excited to offer Inhabitat readers an exclusive invitation to join us at Ford and AIA SF‘s upcoming Design With a Conscience panel on April 11th! This live-streaming discussion will bring together some of the brightest minds in architecture and automotive design to discuss emerging trends in sustainable design. It all takes place Thursday, April 11 from 12pm – 1:30pm PST, so don’t miss out!


Lighten Up! LED Lighting Design Competition – Win $1000!

Heads up interior designers, architects, and lighting designers – we recently launched a new design competition where you can win $1000! All you have to do is submit your best and brightest examples of residential or commercial lighting designs that make use of energy-efficient LEDs. The deadline is April 15th, so get cranking and submit your designs today!


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