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The Ocean Cleanup


Unattributed | Alive

Total Raised


Last Raised

$21.7M | 6 yrs ago

About The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization that develops technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic. By leveraging the power of ocean currents to concentrate and extract plastic waste, The Ocean Cleanup is more efficient than traditional approaches that rely on boats and nets.

Headquarters Location

De Torenhove Martinus Nijhofflaan 2, 18th floor

Delft, 2624,


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Latest The Ocean Cleanup News

Airbnb’s Joe Gebbia donates $25 million to The Ocean Cleanup

Feb 2, 2023

KTVZ AP Business Writer Entrepreneur Joe Gebbia donated $25 million to The Ocean Cleanup Thursday to support the nonprofit’s efforts to remove plastic from the world’s oceans and rivers. Experts in the field welcome both the donation and the attention to the issue of ocean sustainability, pointing out that it receives the least funding of all the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. According to the World Economic Forum, about $175 billion a year is needed to protect the oceans, but between 2015 and 2019 less than $10 billion total was invested in the cause. Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb and Samara and chairman of, said he was proud to partner with the nonprofit, which declared his donation the largest in its history. Associated Press

The Ocean Cleanup Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Where is The Ocean Cleanup's headquarters?

    The Ocean Cleanup's headquarters is located at De Torenhove, Delft.

  • What is The Ocean Cleanup's latest funding round?

    The Ocean Cleanup's latest funding round is Unattributed.

  • How much did The Ocean Cleanup raise?

    The Ocean Cleanup raised a total of $21.8M.

  • Who are the investors of The Ocean Cleanup?

    Investors of The Ocean Cleanup include Peter Thiel, Marc Benioff, DSM, Lynne Benioff, Julius Baer Foundation and 3 more.

  • Who are The Ocean Cleanup's competitors?

    Competitors of The Ocean Cleanup include Ichthion and 1 more.

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