- 05 April 2011 | Environment
A Dutch architect has announced plans to build a recycled island using plastic debris collected from the Pacific. The floating island would be located somewhere between Hawaii and San Francisco and be 100 percent self-sufficient and sustainable.
The island would also support its own agriculture and get all of its power from renewable sources such as solar and wave energy. It reminds us the concept of Gorillaz' Plastic Beach.
The proposal has three main aims: cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste, creating new land and constructing a sustainable habitat.
Ramon Knoester, from WHIM architecture, proposes three main aims: cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste, creating new land and constructing a sustainable habitat.
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.
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.