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September 25, 2014 AT 2:00 am

3D DIY Filament – Sea Chair: Open Source, Solar Powered 3D Printer Creates Furniture from the Pacific Garbage Patch #3DThursday #3DPrinting

The London-based design studio Studio Swine (made up of Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves) are taking their passion for sustainable architecture and industrial projects on an adventure out into the plastic “soup” of the “bigger than Texas” Pacific Garbage Patch trapped within the swirling vortex of the North Pacific Gyre. They have designed a solar-powered 3D printer that they will use to transform the “nurdles” (industrial plastic pellets) into bespoke furniture.

Nurdles and other under 4mm diameter micro plastics can’t be collected by waste systems and are light enough to float on the surface of the ocean for over a thousand years before biodegrading.

Studio Swine’s Sea Chair project: Open Source, Solar Powered 3D Printer Creates Furniture from the Pacific Garbage Patch:

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.

…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…

Read More. And to learn more about the Gyre and the Patch, visit here.

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