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A 22-year-old has raised $30M to fund his idea behind cleaning up plastic in the ocean

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Boyan Slat's "Ocean Cleanup" machine is projected to clean 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, one of the most polluted areas of ocean, in five years. The first system will be deployed in 2018. -------------------------------------------------- Follow BI Video on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1oS68Zs Follow BI on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1W9Lk0n Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ -------------------------------------------------- Business Insider is the fastest growing business news site in the US. Our mission: to tell you all you need to know about the big world around you. The BI Video team focuses on technology, strategy and science with an emphasis on unique storytelling and data that appeals to the next generation of leaders – the digital generation.
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Kiddy Kiddle (12 days ago)
At least his doing something about it. Unlike some of us sitting here doing nothing to help in our own little ways. Complaining about micro-plastics, animals getting stuck and hurt, capturing enough plastics, ... Jesus Christ!
Jose Perez (1 month ago)
If every rich person donated just 10% of their wealth , many accomplishments would be made sadly it will never happen
Piper Ramsdale (1 month ago)
Well did it work?
Jessie James (1 month ago)
Excellent!!..
EPS Marine (1 month ago)
Good intention and best animation. We need to do something NOW! (applause) Check this sea cleaning technologies: https://youtu.be/FMcSr74L9Ow
Lans Titans (1 month ago)
Are we not going to talk about what will happen to the fish and other lifeforms that get stuck in that net?
CANNABEST GARDENS (1 month ago)
Im so happy ive seen 4 different methods being implemented and in use.There hope and now action to fulfill that hope
Sean Baca (1 month ago)
Once again the industrialized countries have to fix a problem created mostly by 3rd world filth, that do nothing except breed and contribute to over populating.
Daniel von Bose (1 month ago)
It could operate in tandem with a factory ship that could collect the plastic and process into fuel and commodities on the spot.
jessica downes (2 months ago)
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/242388
William Harkness (2 months ago)
and all this plastic is coming from where?
Uncle Nuts (2 months ago)
Well shit. He's a white male. That means we can't use his idea. Are there any albino black tranny amputees in the audience with an idea? 🙄
Rick Mcdaniel (2 months ago)
Does New York City still dump their garbage in the Ocean
NitroScream2345 Triodayz (3 months ago)
it's good he thought of this the oceans don't deserve this animals are on the verge of extinction cause of the amount of damn trash humans put in the waters may all the people who are helping the ocean live forever!
Maurizio Ferrara (3 months ago)
if we don't want to die in a few years, we must act now or never
Earth, the mother creation is Great
CJ ASMR (3 months ago)
I Would rather do this than go to school
trev moffatt (3 months ago)
Ten cents for every piece of plastic fished out of the ocean. Then you'd have trawlers going out plastic fishing. Could also give fishermen alternative employment, thus allowing fish stocks to replenish.
Dustin Tacohands (3 months ago)
This guy FAIL big talk small walk
KingXXI (3 months ago)
First we needa stop making plastic and start using reusable products because no matter how much you can the ocean it won’t stop until you get to the root of the problem and that’s the huge corporations that make plastic etc
Mark McLeish (4 months ago)
Not enough like buttons to tap, amazing young man good to see some one shaming the world with his I'm not waiting for oceans to die before any one does anything, deserves a Nobel prize
Boat? I'm very curious to what boat is used to pick up the plastic and how
scubadeginger ! (4 months ago)
TA MA DE
busybody1 (4 months ago)
only 6 trillion plastic particles to remove, but why bother when humans dump 8 million metric tons more annually???? this makes as much sense as sweeping the entire sahara desert when you know a sandstorm is coming... better idea, PREVENT plastic going into the ocean in the first place????
xdMemeMan __ (4 months ago)
if it brings in Plastic it would bring in fish
xdMemeMan __ (4 months ago)
no one wants a Feish to be in a container and ROT
Greg Muscutt (5 months ago)
To the many Na Sayers... The Press that this has brought to this problem is worth 30 Million dollars all by it self. Even if the equipment does not work..
VINYL SQUAD (6 months ago)
Makes me thirsty
Steel Nerves (7 months ago)
A boat with a dredger that empties into a huge net behind it would be far more effective. This thing is unpredictable, totally hit and miss where the plastic is at. However if it worked it would not be reliant on further human resources. Releasing a couple hundred of these may do the trick but personally i think it is flawed. Props to the inventor for trying. Its the likes of cocs cola and pepsi who should be paying for the cleanup
Valdus (7 months ago)
This isn't the smartest idea as like 90 percent of all plastic in the ocean sinks..
Milica's Dynasty (7 months ago)
Finally!
LegendaryDavid12 (7 months ago)
If anybody wanted to find out more information about this,I found the website: https://www.theoceancleanup.com/ Just give me a like :D
boop doop (7 months ago)
Is he Dutch/German?
Peter Nguyen (8 months ago)
where is the trash going to go?
mgagliano1982 (8 months ago)
Great idea but couldnt clean up boats just go directly to the garbages patches and start cleaning it to start!? Then as most of the garbage patches removed deploy these systems as well to maintain.
Jeff H (8 months ago)
and here is the biggest contributor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGRSCVDDdGY
jorge S (8 months ago)
Wish him the best at least he is trying
Jasmine Teal (8 months ago)
Where will the trash go once it’s out of the ocean though?
SOME PEOPLE ARE AWESOME. THX TO THIS BOY FROM HOLLAND STUDENT IN INGENIERING WHO ASKED SPONSORING ON THE INTERNET AND IT WORKS BECAUSE PLASTICS'S DENSITY IS TO LOW TO GO DEEP IN THE OCEANS. IT'S FLOATING ON A CERTAIN DEEPNESS. THANS A MILLION FOR HUMANITY AND EARTH TO HIM. AND THANKS A MILLION TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE HIM THE MONNEY.
Kessler 2072 (9 months ago)
This won't work, unless he's collaboratinf with leaders around the world.
Miron317 (9 months ago)
The pipes are made out of plastic too right?
singnal /ex (9 months ago)
I think we should blame people who live near oceans
Blackpink Biased (9 months ago)
But..what will they do after collecting plastic from the sea where will they dump all the plastic collected??
Josh Waldorf (9 months ago)
I like it. I like this idea. Imagine this will create jobs.
Jamar Quvious (9 months ago)
Stupid and racist spending money on stupid white projects. Just give the money to poor black communities.
julies art (9 months ago)
Instagram @NO.plastic_earth
RemasterZ | GM. (9 months ago)
But.. Thanos can make all of plastics disappear..
Squeecy (9 months ago)
What about the fish and shit?
Makeda Williams (9 months ago)
I appreciate this effort so much..and hope it has a beautiful outcome..😘🌎
muhammad safiullah (9 months ago)
Just generate a tsunami waves and all the plastic will be back to the shores in no time maybe less than a five days
Melancholy Milla (9 months ago)
Its a good idea but if ocean animals disrupt it or pull on the anchors wouldnt it all just float away again?
John Haines (9 months ago)
It’s been a year almost how has it been going with the project?
its the current year (9 months ago)
Okay....what about the microplatic. You know those tiny specks in ocean water that is basically broken down plastic. Got a plan to clean that up...no because it's impossible. Give up while you are ahead
IT (9 months ago)
What if there was a big storm. The pipe will float back to the land
Error (9 months ago)
Does it clean up radiation 🤔
Dads Life (9 months ago)
way more then I did at age 22
JayMar Mancilla (9 months ago)
How about we stop making plastics , especially items we buy in the grocery store.
ALLMUTANTER (10 months ago)
When you wake up in the morning to the sound of gardeners mowing and hedging, now you know where all those bits of f..kin nylon string goes!
Jaytan Brown (10 months ago)
He’s putting plastic inside the ocean to get out plastic
Sunik The Hejcock (10 months ago)
Buouan slat
Erik Everson (10 months ago)
THE CROPPING RATIO MAKES ME WANNA DIE
Andrew Slaven (10 months ago)
How will the planet be so much "cleaner" if we are just gonna burn most of the trash (other than just the recyclable plastic)
Don Cheadle (10 months ago)
thought it said 12
No Waste Nikki (10 months ago)
I hate to disagree with people, but in the video it says a step closer to a cleaner planet which is only kinda true. The waste being taken out of the ocean is incredible but you have to remember the waste has to go somewhere. While the ocean clean up is going to sort through the waste and recycle it into new things, this shouldn’t be a safety net to allow people to just throw whatever they want away. If you want to help, think about what your buying and try to reduce your single use plastics!!! Recycling is good but eliminate waste such as disposable straws or utensils. Every little thing helps and remember we all live on this planet so this effects everyone in some way or another.
Siddhant Raghuwanshi (10 months ago)
but the plastic will be still on our planet only na what to do of that after all its plastic it will tale millions of year to degread
Siddhant Raghuwanshi (10 months ago)
but the plastic will be still on our planet only na what to do of that after all its plastic it will tale millions of year to degread
Jerry Duke (10 months ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDB0_YpwEFY
Yolo Hop (10 months ago)
2018 boisss
Elle Birdsall (10 months ago)
WHY DONT WE TAKE THE OCEAN AND PUSH IT SOMEWHERE ELSE?
just a guy (10 months ago)
Just empty the ocean and fill it up again, i should have a few buckets in my basement
STORM Sapphfire (10 months ago)
Yeah let's clean up plastic with even more plastic!
Path to Math (10 months ago)
Ultimate step to make the planet cleaner. Wipe out the human race
sweet potato (10 months ago)
And what about our air?
Fox DrAGon (10 months ago)
I hope this Will in all country
Paula Yeste (10 months ago)
Is this safe for the species in the sea though?
Bai (10 months ago)
And a year later it's been launched 🔥
Chief Lizard (10 months ago)
1.1k people like the fact that theres plastic in the ocean killing sea life.
ChildOfThe Ivy (10 months ago)
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THE PLASTIC YOU PICK UP?
Smooky (10 months ago)
donald trump says some kid mowing the lawn is the future of america and the world, this, is the real future
Oanh (10 months ago)
Hello fellow humans. Im from the future and i believe this project has started
Polo Buk (10 months ago)
Good man
lil oakk (10 months ago)
Funny how the goverment has BILLIONS for war but cant put 30 mill + for a clean up project
El Booty (10 months ago)
The problem is... where is he going to put all that plastic
Pari (10 months ago)
proud to be dutch sometimes
Tony (10 months ago)
THIS IS AN AMAZING IDEA. Now how about we stop using plastics and demand companies to start using cleaner materials like hemp or bpa free plastics. Because if the government won't regulate it enough the the market (society) will. Together we can accomplish anything.
Fur Is Coming (10 months ago)
But what if a boat accidentally hits it? And then it just gets all tangled up?
Mypotatoes !!! (10 months ago)
Thats a lot of *PLASTIC*
daniel caba (10 months ago)
How to steal 30 million at 22.
Tobias Natland (10 months ago)
Can not that yarn catch fish as well
SopeCreekRider (10 months ago)
Watched this on cnn ten once
Richard Kelch (10 months ago)
recycling is like giving the world free trillions. i put out full bin every day and not a cent comes back. its liee driving a car and giving free advertising with their logo and name all over the thing
CEXEBLY1 (10 months ago)
now i am gonna allways throw plastic in OCEAN!!! And take shit :)
excludedsugar (10 months ago)
But after one cleans up the ocean, what happens to all the trash collected? 🤔
Sofia Mejia (10 months ago)
I learned about this at school
Blazenfam 1 (10 months ago)
Breaking news: He is using it on vbucks
Ceebernoodle (10 months ago)
LOL i bet he spent $00,000,000.1 on the project and $29,999,999.9 on vbucks
Taikamuna (10 months ago)
*Let's put plastic into the ocean to clean plastic from the ocean*
Snackz (8 months ago)
I mean yeah but what your plan huh.
Lanie Pretty (9 months ago)
The problem is you cant control all people in being a righteous or disciplined
Starsi Q (10 months ago)
C͎e͎e͎b͎e͎r͎n͎o͎o͎d͎l͎e͎ because he wants more subs so he just comments everywhere
Starsi Q (10 months ago)
Dumb point, it's a tiny piece of plastic compared to the amount and pollution in the sea
Calvin Struijk (10 months ago)
Zijn er hier ook al nederlanders??🤔🇳🇱🇳🇱
Thereal Felix (10 months ago)
Cant work the moment a storm would come the wave would be too big
Crowned (10 months ago)
Bro, how come we havin' clean water from the tap.
Vladimir Putin (10 months ago)
I have a better idea, THERES NO PLASTIC UN THE OCEAN. There might be some but as a boat owner, I haven’t spotted a single plastic bag floating in the ocean. The government is just figuring out more ways to tax its people and that’s a fact. Go out there, look no trash
Vladimir Putin (10 months ago)
C͎e͎e͎b͎e͎r͎n͎o͎o͎d͎l͎e͎ also there’s no real picture of this so called “garbage patch” find me a real picture, they say it’s the size of France lol
Vladimir Putin (10 months ago)
https://youtu.be/aOiBUUSsu_k Video
Vladimir Putin (10 months ago)
C͎e͎e͎b͎e͎r͎n͎o͎o͎d͎l͎e͎ https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/10/05/great-pacific-garbage-patch-is-a-myth-warn-experts-as-survey-sho/amp/
Vladimir Putin (10 months ago)
Go on a boat and see for yourself, you won’t see anything.
Tobias Krist (10 months ago)
GET THIS MORE VIEWS NOW!!

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