Biology · Inspirational · Environment · Technology

Boyan Slat

“The ultimate solution to plastic pollution is clear; we need to close the tap, by ending our reliance on disposable plastic items/packaging…However, even if we close the tap, we need to get out what’s already in the oceans.”

A 19-year-old researcher, Slat combines environmentalism, creativity and technology to address the global sustainability issue. Approximately one third of the ocean's surface is contaminated with plastic, weighing approximately 7.25 million kilograms, according to scientific publications and density prediction models. It is for this reason that Boyan is completely dedicated to reducing the ocean's pollution. In order to successfully tackle our pollution problem, Boyan believes that preventive measures must be coupled with damage control measure, meaning we must begin cleaning up the plastic waste already floating in the ocean. Thereby, he founded Ocean Cleanup, an organization currently investigating the feasibility and viability of the removal of large-scale passive plastic and the "ocean garbage patches" driven by oceanic currents. Besides leading cleaning the ocean, Boyan is an Aerospace Engineering student at the Technical University of Delft (though temporarily suspended his studies to focus on the project), and is an avid photographer and diver.

Participation in CDI:

  • 2013

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