Boyan Slat (born July 27, 1994) is a young Dutch graduate,
In 2011, and at the age of 16, he discovered during a dive in Greece more plastic than fish. So he decided to do for his project in high school an investigation on the plastic pollution of the oceans. In 2012, he presented at a TEDx conference in Delft his idea of building a passive system to recover plastic waste.
In 2013, at the age of 18, he launched the project The Ocean Cleanup.. Its prototype floating barrier could be operational by 2020 and this project could clean up half of the Pacific’s surface pollution in just 10 years, and 90% of the ocean’s surface by 2040.