gallery Taking on ocean pollution, Boyan Slat

Boyan Slat, boy turned man genius may just save the oceans from the mounting pollution, mostly plastic and styrofoam, that threatens marine life as well as our own survival.




The plastic pollution problem

  • Millions of tons of plastic have entered the oceans (UNEP 2005)
  • Plastic concentrates in five rotating currents, called gyres (Maximenko et al., 2012)
  • In these gyres there is on average six times more plastic than zooplankton by dry weight (Moore et al., 2001)