The plastic harvested by the Foundation is recycled into sustainable products and partly used to fuel its collection vessels. Its commitment to The Ocean Conference is focused on SDG target 14.1 to reduce marine pollution, and aims to develop a passive system carry out a deep ocean cleanup of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” by 2020.
Founded in 2013 with the help of 2.2 million USD crowd-funded from more than 38,000 individuals from 160 countries within 100 days, in 2014 CEO and Founder Boyan Slat was recognized by the UN Environment Programme and received the UN Champion of the Earth Award. In 2016 the Foundation received a 500,000 subsidy from the Dutch Government to support the deployment of its North Sea Prototype.
The organization is focused on achieving environmentally friendly, large-scale, efficient removal of plastic pollution from aquatic ecosystems and promotes sustainability in all facets of its work, ensuring that the entire plastic removal process from collection to removal is passive.