On a diving holiday in Greece, Dutchman Boyan Slat saw more plastic bags in the sea than fish. And he thought it must be possible to clean them up. This marked the start of a special project called The Ocean Cleanup. Still only 19 years old, Boyan developed an enormous installation based on tidal ebb and flood to remove and recycle plastic from the oceans. His aim is to clean up 7 tonnes of plastic within 5 years. He is now trying to raise the 2 million dollar investment by crowdfunding and has already raised half.
Which brings us to the exhibition No Design to Waste that can still be viewed at the Design Museum in Ghent (Belgium) until 12 October. This exhibition draws attention to the polluted oceans and includes art and implements made from the sea's 'plastic soup'.