Plastic. It’s the main ingredient of modern music, the faces of ageing socialites and – most unfortunately – our oceans.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – which can be found half way between California and Hawaii – is the size of Texas.

It’s a problem which has been created by our crazy hyper-consumerist society and is killing our oceans. The only thing to do, is clean up the mess that we have created.

In an effort to do just that – Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, announced a design breakthrough allowing for the cleanup of half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years.

Here’s his announcement which took place on 11 May 2017 – detailing how he plans to do that.

There are no shortages of complex problems for entrepreneurs to solve. Let’s pray that there are a few more Boyan Slats around to help us survive the mess that we find ourselves in today.