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Dutch inventor Boyan Slat has developed a master plan to clear a “floating” island of trash dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which stretches 600,000 square miles between California and Hawaii in a multi-million dollar project dubbed, “The Ocean Cleanup.”

Set to launch on September 8, this world’s first ocean cleanup system consists of pipes that float at the surface of the water with netting below, and will collect trash in the center of a U-shaped design, with the aid of the ocean’s currents.

The goal is to essentially rid plastic pollution in this particular area and prevent it from spreading in all directions of the ocean landscape, as plastic waste can harm and even kill whales, dolphins, seals, fish and other type of marine life that will consume it or become entangled in it.

You can learn more about the initiative, its progress and how it works in the videos below, as well as the featured clip above.

For even more details, head over to The Ocean Cleanup’s YouTube channel and official website by clicking the bars below.

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

scribbling by day, architect by night

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