Dutch inventor Boyan Slat (born in 1994) won the Champions of the Earth Award. His project ‘The Ocean Cleanup’ has made him the youngest winner ever of this award for inspiring environmental initiatives. The Champions of the Earth Award is organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Slat wanted to tackle the so-called ‘plastic soup’ in the ocean and has come up with a V-shaped device with long floating arms, placed in strategic spots in the sea. All the floating plastic is driven towards one point, where his installation catches it for recycling.