Fionn Ferreira is an 18-year-old from the village of Ballydehob in County Cork, Ireland. But it’s fair to say that he’s not just your average teenager. This young man is already an accomplished scientist. In fact, an invention of his has the potential to be a planet-saver. Ferreira turned his mind to one of today’s most pressing environmental problems. And he came up with something that’s mind-blowing.
Ferreira decided that he wanted to address the problem of proliferating microplastics – fragments less than 0.2 inches in diameter – that pollute our waterways and oceans. Conventional filtering methods fail to capture these tiny pieces of plastic which enter the food chain. The impact of this on human health is as yet undetermined, but scientists are worried.