Recycle the Great Pacific garbage patch?

An intriguing idea:

Recycled Island

Recycled island is a research project that is examining the potential of converting the tons of plastic waste floating in the ocean between Hawaii and California to a habitable floating city in the Pacific.

The proposal has three main aims:

  • Clean the oceans by removing a huge amount of plastic waste
  • Create new land, especially for victims of and refugees from climate change
  • Construct a sustainable habitat.
  • Recycle the plastic waste on the spot

Summary of the main characteristics of the island (from Recycled island):

1. Realized from the plastic waste in our Oceans. This will clean our Oceans intensely and it will change the character of the plastic waste from garbage to building material. The gathering of the plastic waste will become a lot more attractive.

2. The island is habitable, where it will have its value as land capturing and is a potential habitat for a part of the rising amount of climate refugees.

3. The habitable area is designed as an urban setting. Nowadays already half of the World population lives in urban conditions, which has a huge impact on nature. The realization of mixed-use environments is our hope for the future.

4. The island is constructed as a green living environment, from the point of view of a natural habitat. The use of compost toilets in creating fertile ground is an example in this.

5. It is a self sufficient habitat, which is not (or hardly) depending from other countries and finds its own resources to survive. The settlement has its own energy and food sources.

6. The island is ecologic and not polluting or affecting the world negatively. Natural and non polluting sources are used to let the island exist in harmony with nature.

7. The size of the floating city is considerable in relation to the huge amount of plastic waste in the Ocean. The largest concentration of plastic has a footprint the size of France and Spain together. Starting point is to create an island with the coverage of 10.000Km2. This is about the size of the island Hawaii.

8. The location is the North Pacific Gyre, where at this moment the biggest concentration of plastic waste is discovered. This is geographically a beautiful spot North-East to Hawaii. By recycling and constructing directly on the spot with the biggest concentration of plastic waste, long transports are avoided. Because of the floating character the position could eventually be altered.

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