Meet Boyan Slat, Founder of The Ocean Cleanup Project | One Small Step | NowThis

Meet Boyan Slat, Founder of The Ocean Cleanup Project | One Small Step | NowThis

It’s an initiative by
entrepreneur and engineer, Well now, they have a new technology, a way to tackle ocean
plastic like never before, and I’m gonna get to talk to Boyan, on his computer, live
from the Netherlands. This is a One Small Step spotlight. Thank you so much for taking
the time to talk with us today. I’m so excited to hear
about your new project, The Interceptor, so will you
just let us know what it is? Yes, at The Ocean Cleanup, our mission is to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, and to do that we need to do two things: in the first place because otherwise, we’d have
to just continue forever. So for that, what we found is that They’re the arteries that carry
the trash from land to sea. And, what we found is that
1,000 rivers, so 1% of rivers So that’s why we thought, Well, that sounds doable to solve, but you do need something that’s scalable, something can work around the world. Hence, we developed The
Interceptor, which is And, how does the technology work? The way it works is that
rivers carry plastic and brings the plastic to a barrier. That first concentrates
the plastic to the mouth of The Interceptor, where
then we have the conveyor belt that scoops the plastic out of the water and distributes the plastic
across six dumpsters, that then buffer the
plastic so that periodically we can bring the plastic to land and take it away for recycling. And, when will The
Interceptor be released? We already have two interceptors operational right now.
Oh, cool. One is deployed in Jakarta,
the second one is in Malaysia. And, we’ll soon have, we
each have already two others, that will be deployed in
Vietnam and Dominican Republic. And, then starting next year,
we will deploy another 10 before rapidly scaling-up. We’re really doing, all these And, you’re called The Ocean Cleanup, so why pivot to rivers after, you know, doing all this, spending all this money, talking about the garbage patch. to solve the plastic pollution problem. We need to clean up the legacy, the stuff that’s in the garbage patch. It’s not going away by itself, so we have to continue developing that technology and scale that up, but we would just have to continue forever if we don’t tackle the source
site of the problem as well. So we need to do both and we
need to do both in parallel. And, what’s your opinion
on the material plastic, after seeing its impacts on our waterways? Do you think that we need to
rethink plastic all together? So plastic is still a great
and very important material, yet at its current
usage, current economics, surrounding it, I don’t think it’s having a net positive
effect on the world. So the usage system of
the plastic has to change but I do think that it’s
going to take some time so hence, we have
developed this Interceptor, you know, to prevent plastic
from going into the oceans for coming decades, buying us time to solve these further
upstream solutions as well. And, I saw from a few weeks ago that you did collect ocean plastic for the first time on your new prototype. So what was that experience like? And, what did you have to
change to make it work? It was really quite complicated to get our ocean system to work. Doing something in the middle
of the ocean is really tricky, these, sort of, unknown conditions but, yeah, we actually
managed to make it work. From very big discarded fishing nets, all the way down to micro-plastics,
one millimeter in size. So now, I think we have the
tools, we have the technology capable of cleaning up both
what’s already in the ocean, as well as preventing more
from reaching the oceans. So what would be this small step that people can take
to be more sustainable? I would encourage people to think about how they can use
their, you know, their time, you know, their most valuable asset, their profession, and
their ingenuity to see how they can maximize the
positive impact on the world. Amazing! Thank you so much for your
time and I’m really excited to see how this technology works and what you guys are able to accomplish.

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56 thoughts on “Meet Boyan Slat, Founder of The Ocean Cleanup Project | One Small Step | NowThis

  1. and oh yeah, recycling int really a thing, its more cost effective to burn it, witch will land it back in the ocean, it being the carbon sink lol

  2. Philippines desperately needs one of these 🙁 We are known as the 3rd largest source of plastic in the Ocean next to China and Indonesia

  3. Thatis so amazing. My oldest daughter has made herself a project in homeschool. She went to our local recycling center here where we live and got a list of all things we can recycle and has started on the upcycle project I'm doing. Taking old clothes and making them into something new. She's found alot of crafty projects for denim.

  4. Amazing! Besides this, we need to start consuming less plastic in our day to day life, it's just about changing some habits

  5. Wow way to misunderstand the dude. He just explained why he just moved to rivers then you ask why pivot to rivers. Come on now.

  6. What about all the natural plants and small organisms that they are taking from the rivers? Wouldnt that eventually effect its locations natural habitats some how. Not bashing this I think it's great just was wondering If anyone else would know? thanks!

  7. This video made my day. And I'm glad that they're not just tackling the actual pollution but the cause too. I wish them nothing but the best.

  8. I really love it when someone is asking " When is that wonderful project starting or when can we expect this or this etc."

    answer : It already begun 🤯😎

  9. Good job but Seriously why are we mopping the floor when we should be turning off the tap doesn't make a lot of sense to me

  10. 3:54 – what do you think about plastic? This was a great opportunity for him to talk about alternatives such as hemp but he just said plastic is great, but we need to rethink how we use it.

  11. It funny how everyone talks about america or Western civilizations pollution but 80% of trash in the ocean comes from poor countries in Asia and Africa. But hipsters still feel good about driving electric cars and drinking out of paper straws.

  12. "harvesting" i do not really like this word for the reason imply (4:42) should have been written "picking up"
    I'm saying that because you are not "harvesting" something because you planted it in the ground to then make use of it later..

  13. I don't know but as far as my knowledge
    Earth will still die
    This is just one of small plannet in this big Univers
    Humans better need to come together to improve their technology 🤷

  14. So great to see someone in engineering and research developing something to BENEFIT they world!! I see so many scientists working in building AI, better, faster computers, whatever can benefit the bank accounts for themselves or whoever they work for. As the fires burn away the Amazon rain forests, the birds and the bees due without reason. Children are more sicker than ever…Its as though they are TRYING to kill the Earth. It's freaky great to see something positive for our environment! 🎭

  15. 10k views.. meanwhile greta is profiting by parroting global warming on every channel while doing nothing has millions of views

  16. A most excellent endeavor. I have tremendous appreciation for innovators like Boyan Slat. He inspires me to make a contribution to the world also.

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