18-year-old Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurialism, and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece, and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he wondered; “why can’t we clean this up?”
While still being at secondary school, he then decided to dedicate half a year of research to understand plastic pollution and the problems associated with cleaning it up. This ultimately led to his passive clean-up concept, which he presented at TEDxDelft 2012.
Working to prove the feasibility of his concept, Boyan Slat currently gives a lead to a team of approximately 50 people and temporarily quit his Aerospace Engineering study to completely focus his efforts on The Ocean Cleanup.