The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization that is designing and developing the first feasible method to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. By utilizing the ocean currents to their advantage, their passive drifting systems are estimated to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years’ time. Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean. A significant percentage of this plastic drifts into large systems of circulating ocean currents, also known as gyres. Once in a gyre, the plastic will break down into microplastics and become increasingly easier to mistake for food by sea life.

Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Founded: 2013

Boyan Slat | Founder and CEO | LinkedIn |Twitter

Lonneke Holierhoek | COO | LinkedIn

Jos Huijbregts | CFO | LinkedIn |Twitter