The oceans are full of an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic, an amount that grows by about 8 million tons every year. To that end, Ducthman Boyan Slat created The Ocean Cleanup, an innovative project that is developing technologies to extract, prevents and intercept plastic solution.

Instead of boats moving through the ocean with nets, The Ocean Cleanup uses long floating barriers and the natural movement of the ocean to passively concentrate the plastic. The current flows beneath these barriers, taking away nuetrally buoyant sea life and preventing by-catch.

The Ocean Cleanup’s research shows that a single 100-km cleanup array, deployed for 10 years, will passively remove 42% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or about 70.3 million kg.