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19-Year-Old Figured Out How To Clean Up The Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch In Just 10 Years


JUN 6, 2014 - 5:07PM

Global warming isn’t the only environmental nightmare that scientists are struggling to solve.

Millions of tons of plastic waste litter the world’s oceans, converging together in rotating currents called gyres and blanketing the water’s surface. 

On average, these gyres now hold six times more plastic than plankton by dry weight.

Fortunately, 19-year-old Boyan Slat, founder and president of The Ocean Cleanup, claims to “have invented a method to clean up almost half of the great Pacific’s garbage patch in just 10 years, using currents to [his] advantage.”

The self-described environmentalist and entrepreneur first presented his revolutionary ideas at a TEDx Talk in the Netherlands and was recently named one of Intel’s 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50).

Slat first became aware of the problem while diving in Greece, frustrated that he was “coming across more plastic bags than fish.”

He asked himself, “Why can’t we clean th…


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18 Incredible Things You Didn’t Know About Trader Joe’s

Clear stomachs, full wallets, can’t lose.

posted on June 6, 2014, at 2:57 p.m. 

Sam Stryker

BuzzFeed Staff

1. Trader Joe’s doesn’t just give out free samples. If you ask a team member, they will open ANYTHING in the store and let you try it — including the wine, depending on state laws.


2. Triple Ginger Snaps are Trader Joe’s most popular product.

Not surprisingly, Speculoos Cookie Butter comes in at second.

3. As of 2012, Trader Joe’s has sold more than 600 million bottles of its popular Two-Buck Chuck wine.

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Except now it’s $2.49. SAD FACE.

4. You may have noticed Trader Joe’s has NO internal PA system in its stores like most supermarkets. Instead, it uses bells.

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One bell means it is time to open a new register. Two bells, and someone has a question at checkout. Three bells, and it’s a request for the manager.

5. All Trader Joe’s stores are company-owned.

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6. Some Trader Joe’s products are limited-run, so once they’re sold out,…