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What the creators of the giant plastic-cleaning system headed to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch say to critics who doubt them

Posted On: Sep 16, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

What the creators of the giant plastic-cleaning system headed to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch say to critics who doubt them

On Saturday, September 8, the Ocean Cleanup launched the first of the arrays they hope to use to clear plastic pollution from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
There's a stunning amount of plastic in the oceans, with much of it concentrated in one of five regions, called gyres, like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch .
Dutch innovator Boyan Slat started the Ocean Cleanup to design ways to clean these regions.
But while many find Slat's efforts to clean up plastic inspiring, experts have also raised serious questions about the project.
"There will always be people saying things can't be done," said Slat.
For the first time ever, the massive 2,000-foot-long array that Dutch 24-year-old Boyan Slat created to clean plastic out of the world's oceans is being put to the test .
Five years ago, Slat founded his organization, the Ocean Cleanup. The group has spent its time designing a system to pull floating plastic out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch , the largest of five ocean regions known as gyres where plastic...

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