Idea From 22-Year-Old Raises $31 Million for a Great Cause  

The Ocean Cleanup.  Project happens to be a Dutch environmental startup. It raised in excess of $30 million to kick-start their project of removing plastic trash from the Pacific Ocean.

They expect that by next year, they’ll be able to hit the ground running to eradicate over 4 trillion pieces of plastic trash floating in the ocean currently.

How The Concept Actually Work?

They thought to use the antiquated method of nets and boats.  This way would take them a few hundred years to complete. Luckily, with the dawn of new science and technology, they were able to develop a strategy in which plastics would be collected by a barrier on the water’s surface. The barrier flows with the currents. When enough trash has been collected in one central location, it is then retrieved and shipped to land where it is recycled.

A Story of Amazing Successful Startup

They started the company in 2013 by Boyan Slat who was only 18 years old at the time. He has officially showed himself on the world stage in 2012. That year his TEDx Talk presentation on “How the Oceans can Clean Themselves” went viral. His idea went on to win an award for Best Technical Design at the Delft University of Technology.

First his company conducted their inaugural survey of the Pacific Ocean. Than it was safe to conclude that the currents have a lot to do with where garbage ends up. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of those locations. It lays in the area between California and Hawaii. According to data from the aerial survey, this collection of garbage is approximately 1.35 million square miles long. This is where Boyan plans to initiate the first part of his project.

Up until this point, the concept for the project was under development. With a fresh injection of cash, they expect the the prototype for the cleaning system system to be in the Pacific Ocean by the end of this year. November of 2016, The Ocean Cleanup has received donations accumulating to a total of $21.7 million, which brings their grand total from 2013 to a whopping $31.5 million.

Quite a few reputable names have invested in the project. They include venture capitalists from Silicon Valley. Namely, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, with Facebook being the first outside investor. Slat made it clear in a statement that making the world’s oceans plastic-free is his mission. A project of this nature gets him a step closer to reaching his objective.