Dutch inventor Boyan Slat was just 18 years old when he founded The Ocean Cleanup, a massive system for pulling plastic waste out of the world’s waterways. By targeting both the Pacific Garbage Patch and the rivers that feed into it, Slat’s specially-designed boats and garbage-collection flotation systems are aiming for plastics-free oceans by 2050. Just look at what they’re doing:
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The scale of what they’re doing is just staggering:
The tons of plastic they’ve been removing still has monetary value–which Slat hopes to use to continue funding the project. Thus The Ocean Cleanup has teamed up with Yves Béhar’s fuseproject to create a pair of sunglasses made from the harvested waste:
Here’s a video on their process:
At $199 a pop the sunglasses aren’t cheap, but 100% of the proceeds go back into funding The Ocean Cleanup’s work. You can pick up a pair here.