The Ocean Cleanup Transforms Garbage Into Fashion

1 March 2021By Laura Shaughnessy
The Ocean Cleanup
Courtesy of The Ocean Cleanup

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Laura Shaughnessy

Laura Shaughnessy has been the managing editor at Dockwalk since February 2018. Having grown up among the cornfields, she is ecstatic to be among the boats in the yachting capital of the world. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in journalism, 15 years of experience with newspapers, magazines, and the online world, Laura has joined a great crew. When not writing about superyacht crew, she’s hanging out with her husband and their German Shepherd. Email Laura at

Boyan Slat
Courtesy of Ocean Cleanup

Boyan Slat is working hard to turn something negative into a positive that can help the environment. The CEO and founder of The Ocean Cleanup launched eco-sunglasses at the end of October.

The Dutch nonprofit organization creates sunglasses from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) — a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. Each pair of sunglasses comes from cleaning an equivalent of 24 football fields worth of GPGP.

Previously, they developed advanced tech to get rid of ocean plastic. And now, they’re able to take the next step by creating a durable, useful product from recovered plastic. They wanted to create something that reminded its consumers of the ocean’s beauty and why it’s so important to keep them clean. All components were designed to be easily dissembled and recycled again. Each pair is $199 and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to their cleanup operations.

Courtesy of The Ocean Cleanup

This column is taken from the March 2021 issue of Dockwalk.

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