Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Taking the sea air in a sea chair
Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
It's an area the size of Turkey in the North Pacific where several currents converge, bringing in all kinds of floating detritus and creating a Sargasso Sea of rubbish. Plastics account for a goodly proportion of the mess and many forms of plastic will take hundreds of years to bio-degrade. In the meantime, the plastics leach chemicals into the sea and provide a hazard to sea life.
But just because plastics are not environmentally friendly, it doesn't mean that they're useless. In a brilliantly inspired piece of problem-solving, Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami from London-based Studio Swine have invented this: the Sea Chair.
This is furniture made entirely from recycled plastic pulled out of the sea. And it costs nothing to make because the plastic is recovered and made re-usable by way of a solar-powered plastic extruder and 3D printer that can be used in remote locations where, for example, plastics wash up on beaches but there's no electricity source. Or, of course, at sea. Free furniture just using garbage and sunlight? Brilliant problem-solving.
The team are currently seeking money via Kickstarter to run a full trial at sea. Fancy getting involved?
The potential is huge.
Now all we have to do is figure out what to do with all of the left-over loom bands.