Boyan Slat, founder of The Ocean Cleanup, to speak at the Business Insider Global Trends Festival 2020

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More than 320 million metric tonnes, much of which collect in the oceans, are produced annually.

Boyan Slat of the Netherlands decided at the age of 16 he wanted to solve the issue.

Slat founded The Ocean Cleanup at the age of 19, a non-profit organization which seeks to eradicate plastic oceans.

Slat finally sold a huge cleanup system capable of removing plastics from the GPG, a waste-packed vortex more than twice the scale of Texas.

In 2018, the first iteration of the instrument was tested in the Pacific Ocean but the plastic it gathered started to leak.

An enhanced device, introduced in June 2019, includes an underground parachute to slow down the system such that plastics can be properly retained.

60 bags of plastic waste were safely carried to Vancouver in December 2019.

Slat will be on stage for his Wednesday talk "The Biggest Clean-up in History," during the Business Insider Global Trends Festivale, a virtual event hosted October 19-23.

More sustainability programming will follow, including sittings with Stuart Kronauge, CMO Beyond Meat and Sergio P. Ermotti, Community CEO at UBS, on plant-based meat alternatives.

See the whole case schedule here.

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This research was sponsored by Aria Bendix and Peter Kotecki.

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