Plastic garbage has invaded our oceans. Since the discovery by Charles Moore in 1997 of a massive patch of plastic garbage six times the size of France in the middle of the Pacific, everyone is now aware of the situation. What to do in the face of such massive pollution? The solution: Act. As these three companies have done who are harvesting marine plastic waste to turn it into clothes, sneakers and road surfaces. Credit: Unsplash – Oliver & Hen Pritchard-Barrett
Clothes “fished” from the Mediterranean
Credit: Unsplash – Oliver & Hen Pritchard-Barrett
Let’s head for Costa Blanca in Eastern Spain where Valencia fishermen set out every morning to catch fish… and plastic bottles! For several months, they have been collecting the plastic waste floating in the Mediterranean and fouling their nets on behalf of Ecoalf, a clothing brand whose hallmark is recycling. The result? The first high-end fashion line – to be unveiled next June – designed exclusively with thread and fabric made from marine waste.
A fishing net = trendy trainers
The famous brand with its three stripes has teamed up with NGO Parley for the Oceans to design the first trainer created from marine waste, in this case fishing nets. But beyond this seemingly solid and functional revolutionary model, Adidas intends to use these material sources for a wider range of products: T-shirts, shorts, and more…. The goal? To avoid using virgin raw materials to create new products and thus help combat waste. Crdit: Adidas
With PlasticRoad, recycled plastic could replace asphalt
Dutch company VolkerWessels is working on a solution – PlasticRoad – capable of replacing the asphalt used to build roads and cycle tracks with a recycled material made from plastic waste retrieved mainly from our oceans. In addition to combating sea pollution, this durable coating currently in the prototype stage has numerous advantages: better resistance to temperature extremes, better impermeability, less road noise, and a service life three times longer than existing surfaces. Watch this space…