Every minute the equivalent of about one truck of plastic is “unloaded” into the oceans, and more than half of Sydney’s coastline is artificial. The rich and vibrant habitats have become from sea walls to degraded walls ravaged by plastic pollution.
There’s so much plastic in the ocean that scientists say you simply can’t remove it all. Even the dismantling of sea walls is not feasible. Solving environmental problems requires modern and divergent thinking.
To help clean up the oceans, Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has installed a 3D printed marine habitat in Sydney Harbour. The “Living Seawall” was designed with 50 hexagonal modules, similar to low-reliefs that imitate the roots of mangroves. To conceive this project, the Swedish car manufacturer collaborated with the Reef Design Lab and the Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences. It aims to help the survival of biodiversity by attracting filtering organisms that absorb and filter polluting particles (plastics, metals, etc.). Researchers will monitor the dam for 20 years to measure the hopefully increasing quality of water.
And as a new corporate policy, Volvo Cars is committed to removing disposable plastic from all of its offices, canteens, and events around the world by the end of 2019. This will save the planet’s health over 20 million disposable plastics with sustainable alternatives. 1 million electric cars will be on the market by 2025.
Text by Elisa Scotti.