What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Taking Out the Trash


“Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean. Trash accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches, with the largest one between Hawaii and California.”

When I read the short paragraph above about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, I was filled with an overpowering sense of hopelessness and helplessness. Luckily for us, Dutch 19-year-old ocean enthusiast Boyan Slat didn’t get sad. Instead, he got smart. He came up with the idea of a generation.

“Why move through the ocean, if the ocean can move through you?”

What started as a school science project eventually became a not-for-profit company called The Ocean Cleanup. With this remarkable young man at its helm, the organization is working to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. One passive system could conceivably remove half of the The Patch in as few as 10 years, using only the power the oceans provide. The ingenious system requires no external energy source.

“Ocean garbage patches are vast but dispersed. By acting like an artificial coastline, we passively concentrate the plastic by orders of magnitude, 100% powered by natural ocean currents.”

You know it’s really rare that I blog about a charity, but this one seems too wonderful and hopeful to pass up. Although we are currently witnessing big steps backward in the fight to save our beautiful world’s ecology, there is still something we can do. I am going to be making regular donations to this group’s efforts.


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

16 thoughts on “Taking Out the Trash

  1. When I told my students about the trash vortex, they were stunned enough to turn off their phones for a while.
    Microplastics in the ocean are a huge concern and I am glad someone is doing something about it.

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  2. So encouraging that this group has a plan! Because the ocean environment is so removed from most people – except when they spend the day at the beach – the degradation of the ocean ecosystem is ignored. And yet the decline of our reefs and oceans has a measurable detrimental impact each one of us, no matter where we live. Sigh. Thanks for finding this and sharing. A truly notable beautiful thing.

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  3. What an incredible young man. I hope the plan is a massive success. Goodness knows we need people fighting for the environment right now.

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  4. Hmmm, I need to look into this! I wish I was that kind of brilliant.

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