Change-maker: Boyan Slat
Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans. Boyan Slat, the now 26-year-old Dutch inventor, has been working on cleaning up the mess for eight years. In 2018, he and his Ocean Cleanup team launched their revolutionary marine litter cleanup system from San Francisco. If the research is correct, a scaled up fleet of 60 systems could clean up 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years.
If you think Boyan Slat's work is worth supporting, try to avoid buying single-use plastic as much as possible. Even if it has a recycling symbol on it, that doesn't mean it will be recycled. Only about 9% of plastic ever gets recycled, which is horrifying when you consider that stuff is EVERYWHERE.