Sometimes a great notion issues forth where one's ability to see something hidden in plain sight solves a seemingly intractable problem by using tech that works with nature to make it happen.
Why move through the oceans, if the oceans can move through you? An array of floating barriers first catches and concentrates the debris, enabling a platform to efficiently extract the plastic afterwards. We have now proven The Ocean Cleanup Array concept is likely a feasible and viable method to remove almost half the plastic from the North Pacific Garbage patch in 10 years, while being an estimated 7900x faster and 33x cheaper than conventional methods. The Ocean Cleanup now works towards a large-scale and operational pilot in 3-4 years’ time.
In an odd way, this relates to Ken Kesey's novel, Sometimes a Great Notion, a book showing how ideas are often hidden in plain sight but can be seen if one has the perseverance to make it so.
The film's not bad either.