Dutch engineer and designer, Boyan Slat has unveiled the latest in eco-friendly technology, which will ensure litter-free oceans without the use of harmful nets that can negatively impact sealife.

The system is the first of its kind in the world and works by using the ocean's natural currents to collect debris and rubbish floating in the sea. The Ocean Cleanup will launch off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan next year, spanning across a total of 2,000 metres it will become the largest floating structure in the world's ocean.

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The 20-year-old founder, Slat had this to say on the pioneering new project:

"Taking care of the world's ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today. Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This deployment will enable us to study the system's efficiency and durability over time."

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Watch Slat's interesting TED talk, which he hosted two years ago via the video below: