Meet Ocean Cleanup

Boyan Slat founded Ocean Cleanup when he was 18 years old.

Dutch inventor Boyan Slat founded Ocean Cleanup in 2013 in his hometown of Delft, the Netherlands. His staff consists of more than 70 engineers, researchers, scientists and computational modelers working daily to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. The company is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
“Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is one of the biggest environmental issues of our time, impacting more than 600 marine species,” OC states on its website. “Plastic pollution is conservatively estimated to have a yearly financial damage of $13 billion. The costs stem from the plastic’s impact on marine life, tourism, fisheries and businesses. It also carries toxic pollutants into the food chain that includes humans.”