The 25-year-old entrepreneur hoping to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch rarely sees his invention in action because he gets too seasick

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Boyan Slat, founder of The Ocean Cleanup initiative, has dreamed of cleaning plastic from our oceans ever since going scuba diving in Greece at a young age and finding more plastic bags than fish in the sea. The Dutch inventor’s organization developed a tool that aims to remove plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating patch of plastic trash between California and Hawaii that is three times the size of France. Slat manages a team of up to 90 people in Rotterdam, but hardly ever goes on expeditions to see his invention in real life because he gets very seasick. After many failed attempts, Slat confirmed to Business Insider that the latest working model, which was introduced in June and includes an attached underwater parachute, looks very promising. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Boyan Slat has had a dream since he was 16 years old – to clean up plastic from the ocean. It all started on a holiday in Greece when the Dutch national went scuba-diving and saw more plastic bags swimming in the sea than fish. After returning to school, he wrote a paper on the different ways in which plastic waste could […]

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