Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sea Chair

Sea Chair from Studio Swine

Ingenuity at sea knows no limits.
What should fishermen do with the piles of plastic that come up in their nets?
These UK mariners invented a furnace to melt down plastic scraps and build stools, all while still at sea.
They even put the designs online so that anyone can try their hand at making reclaimed plastic furniture.

Since the discovery of the Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997, which is predicted to measure twice the size of Texas, five more have been found across the world’s oceans with the Atlantic gyre predicted to be even larger.
This plastic takes thousands of years to degrade, remaining in the environment to be broken up into ever smaller fragments by ocean currents.
The gyre stretches from the coastlines of California to the shores of Japan.
Recent studies have estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometer of the world’s oceans.
The number of plastic pieces in the Pacific Ocean has tripled in the last ten years and the size of the accumulation is set to double in the next ten.
Sea Chair is made entirely from plastic recovered from our oceans.
Together with local fishermen, Studio Swine collects and processes the marine plastic into a stool at sea.

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