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The Recycled Chair Made From Junk Found in the Ocean

Jul 10, 2014 |
Video by Studio Swine

When plastic debris breaks down in the open sea, it can get trapped in large water currents known as gyres. Over time, those small bits of trash collect within gyres to form "garbage patches," which pose a serious threat to marine ecosystems. (A 2006 Greenpeace report suggests that at least 267 species have suffered from "entanglement or ingestion" of plastic.) 

This September, an art project inspired by that threat will sail from the United Kingdom to the Canary Islands on a mission to collect usable plastic, melt it down, and transform it into furniture. The voyage won't have a discernible effect on marine pollution, but nonetheless, it represents a creative approach to a serious environmental issue.

Want to make your own recycled chair? Blueprints and instructions are available for free on Studio Swine's website

Author: Chris Heller