September 7, 2018
FAST Company article by Adele Peters
A new test in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will show if the Ocean Cleanup system, designed by young inventor Boyan Slat, really works.
On September 8, a ship towing a 2,000-foot-long floating tube will leave a shipyard in Alameda, California, and slowly move under the Bay Bridge, past Alcatraz, under the Golden Gate Bridge, and into the Pacific Ocean. A few weeks and 1,000 nautical miles later, it will arrive at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch–the gyre where an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic float in the water–and begin the first experiment to clean it up.