The brainchild of WHIM architecture (Rotterdam / The Netherlands; www.whim.nl), “Recycled Island” takes postmodernism to new heights. The project, which is still at a conceptual stage but already has attracted the attention of media the world over, envisions the creation of a man-made island, made completely of recycled plastics waste collected from the world’s oceans, including the huge amounts of waste circling in the North Pacific Gyre – see Plasteurope.com of 25.08.2009.
Following in the footsteps of such projects as “Spiral Island” (www.spiralislanders.com) and the “Plastiki” (www.theplastiki.com), this latest initiative foresees an on-the-spot collection of plastics waste circling in the Pacific vortex. In so doing, the architects behind the project say they are not only emptying the world’s oceans of the masses of waste, but doing so without having to transport the waste on land to undergo recycling there. However, with the project still at a conceptual stage, it remains unclear how exactly the floating waste will be recycled into hollow blocs that will become the main construction elements for the island.
Depending on where the island will be floating, it will be able to harness solar, wave and wind energy (Illustration: WHIM)