Issue Date: May 15, 2017
The Ocean Cleanup raises $22 million
The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit founded in 2013 by then-17-year-old Boyan Slat, has raised $22 million from Silicon Valley investors including Marc and Lynne Benioff and Peter Thiel. The Dutch chemical firm DSM is also a funder. The nonprofit developed a V-shaped array of long, floating booms designed to trap plastics and other debris carried by ocean currents. It plans to launch a pilot version in the Pacific Ocean later this year. Some marine scientists question how well the array will hold up under harsh ocean conditions.
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