Founders vlnr: Philip Ehrhorn, Anne Marieke Eveleens, Saskia Studer, Francis Zoet © The Great Bubble Barrier

Eight billion kilos. That’s about how much plastic ends up in the ocean every year. 80 % of all that plastic ends up into rivers via the land and flows straight out to sea. In order to reduce the amount of plastic soup in the sea, Boyan Slat set up The Ocean Cleanup in 2013. But what if you can capture that plastic before it reaches the ocean? Anne Marieke Eveleens, Saskia Studer, Francis Zoet and Philip Ehrhorn came up with this idea. Together they set up The Great Bubble Barrier. A screen made up of air bubbles in rivers that intercepts plastic and doesn’t let it through. In November 2019 the start-up placed the first installation in the Westerdok (dock) in Amsterdam. Innovation Origins spoke with Sandy Reitsma from The Great Bubble Barrier.

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Author profile picture Milan Lenters is a writer and editor. Through IO, he got to know his native city Eindhoven in a different way and sometimes looks with amazement at the many stories that lie ahead.