Boyan Slat talks to reporters before the Ocean Cleanup launches their first array.

There's a stunning amount of plastic in the oceans, with much of it concentrated in one of five regions, called gyres, like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Five years ago, Slat founded his organization, the Ocean Cleanup.

The group has spent its time designing a system to pull floating plastic out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest of five ocean regions known as gyres where plastic pollution from all over the world congregates.

"I think if you look at this sort of technology, every new invention has been met with skepticism and pessimistic views," Slat told Business Insider.

The material was collected by volunteers in Hawaii, and has been used for recycling research.

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