The Ocean Cleanup

About The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup develops technologies to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution. The Ocean Cleanup’s goal is to fuel the world’s fight against oceanic plastic pollution by initiating the largest cleanup in history.

Boyan Slat - The Ocean Cleanup

“Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today.”

Boyan Slat, CEO & Founder of The Ocean Cleanup

Founded by Dutchman Boyan Slat, before he turned 20, The Ocean Cleanup successfully completed a record breaking crowd funding campaign in 2014. They raised over US$ 2 million of funds which they’ve been using to carry out research expeditions, such as the Mega Expedition, as well as develop technology that will be used to clean the oceans of plastic. The world’s first system to passively clean up plastic pollution from the world’s oceans is to be deployed in 2016.

The ocean is critical to ASA and it’s conservation is of great importance. As sailors, many of us have seen this plastic pollution first hand – whether it’s a plastic bottle floating in a lake or a mylar balloon out there in the ocean. This is a problem that is only going to get worse and The Ocean Cleanup have found the cure.

To ensure The Ocean Cleanup is successful ASA is helping raise awareness and support their efforts as much as possible. ASA provided media coverage of their most recent Mega Expedition, including having a correspondent onboard one of the research vessels broadcasting content from the center of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We encourage all our members to do their part, either by changing their habits and reducing the amount of plastic waste they produce or by donating to help The Ocean Cleanup become a success!

Latest News About The Ocean Cleanup

  • MOB Balloon Pickup / Plastic Pollution Sailors and the Environment - Every time we hoist a sail we utilize a natural resource that needs attention. The water we sail on needs an advocate and that person is you. The American Sailing Association is committed to addressing the issue of plastic pollution and environmental stewardship. Oceans and lakes are our playgrounds and we have an inherent responsibility to protect them. Sailors Can Truly Change The World In an impassioned meeting at the offices of the American Sailing Association, far from the concerns of sail trim or tacking angles, ASA Founder Lenny Shabes was speaking to a group of fellow educators and ASA ...
  • The Ocean Cleanup- Update - Boyan Slat, Founder of The Ocean Cleanup, updated the status of his ocean clean up project with encouraging news about the progress that the organization has made to make a dent in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 
  • ocean beach cleanups Beach Cleanups 101 - Sailors don’t rely on robots and engines to clean up the ocean. We make the biggest collective impact by cleaning up our own communities ourselves. Here’s what you need to know to get started with beach cleanups.
  • Ocean Cleanup Ocean Hope: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Cleanup Has Begun! - The Ocean Cleanup project, headed by 24-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat, has spent the last 5 years designing a U-shaped floating trawl to scour the sea for floating bits of plastic. The 600-meter long floater and attached skirt are designed to work passively with natural elements like currents and wind to follow the plastic’s path and trap it. The skirt creates a downward flow where fish and other wildlife can safely pass underneath it.
  • Plastic Change Sailing for Science - The Plastic Change organization is working to combat the problem of plastic pollution by understanding its origin and informing the process of prevention.
  • Interview Boyan Slat / The Ocean Cleanup Boyan Slat Interview - ASA caught up with Boyan Slat last week to talk about how his large scale environmental project, The Ocean Cleanup, is progressing...
  • The Ocean Cleanup Ocean Cleanupdate! - Back in the spring, the ASA became involved in The Ocean Cleanup – an ambitious project devoted to ridding the world’s oceans of harmful plastic pollution.
  • Jared Leto - Beyond The Horizon Jared Leto interviews Boyan Slat (Beyond The Horizon Web Series) - In this episode of "Beyond The Horizon" Jared Leto interviews 21-year-old Boyan Slat, an entrepreneur who is developing technologies to extract, prevent and intercept plastic pollution in the world’s oceans
  • Mega Expedition Conclusion Video ASA was in San Francisco for the conclusion of the Mega Expedition… - ASA was in San Francisco for the conclusion of the Mega Expedition... watch the video and find out how The Ocean Cleanup hope to fix the plastic pollution problem...
  • Mega Expedition LIVE ASAs Exclusive Report from the Pacific Garbage Patch - ASA interviews Stella Diamant, The Mega Expedition Coordinator, via satellite phone from the middle of the Pacific Garbage Patch!