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Wonder Wave: 
Recycling Plastic

 

At Wonder Wave, we understand that change is not always easy however making our sea healthy is a key part to ensuring our future.  Our research has taught us that without recycling plastic the intentions on saving the Mediterranean ocean will have minimal effects. We have researched  ways  business  and other activity can be environmentally  friendly and still make profits.

 

How to re-use environmentally harmful materials

Recycling masks into stools

In September alone, South Korea produced more than a billion face masks for domestic use. So a young student named Kim decided to do something about this.

In south korea a student used 1,500 masks to make a stool 

I know what you are thinking.. What if someone has coronavirus and didn't know, wouldn't that spread covid? Well To lessen the risk of coronavirus transmission,the student, Kim, keeps them in quarantine for at least four days. Then, he  removes elastic bands and wires, and uses a heat gun to melt them down at temperatures over 300 degrees celsius. 

Many disposable masks are made from polypropylene, so the South Korean furniture design student decided to melt the masks to make stools he calls "Stack and Stack".

In June, the student set up a mask collection box at his school, the Kaywon University of Art and Design in Uiwang city, south of Seoul (the capital of south korea). He gathered 10,000 used masks, and also received many defective ones from a factory as well.

With this idea schools around the world could collect old masks and instead of ending up killing wildlife they can be repurposed into furniture. 

Crowd with Masks
 

Turning plastic waste into building bricks

ByFusion, a company founded by New Zealand developed a portable machine that turns scraps of discarded plastic waste into bricks for building. They hope to build not only houses, but entire communities in the future. 

There is so much plastic in the ocean in fact Every day around 8 million pieces of plastic makes its  way into our oceans.It is estimated that by 2050, for example, plastic products could outnumber fish in our oceans.

This technology can convert all types of plastic waste found  into building blocks called Replast. The key to the restructuring is the variety of different plastics that can be used. ByFusion talks about how there are actually seven different types of plastic in common circulation. However, because of toxicity, high processing costs and safety, only three types are usually processed and recycled. But even these three types must be sorted and cleaned before being processed, however ByFusion process can work with all seven types of plastic waste, whether clean, contaminated or mixed.


Other benefits of using recyclable material for building blocks include 95% lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions during their production than that produced by concrete, as well as better thermal and sound insulating capabilities than a concrete block. ByFusion is planning to sell these reusable plastic bricks globally. They are currently running a crowd funding campaign on indiegogo so check it out and spread the word!

With this idea hoses can still be made but with plastic waste, reducing rates of global warming and plastic pollution. 

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Livvy Cox

Recycling Consultant

Livvy researched and developed our Knowledge on sustainable fabrics and how we can make use new means to improve plastic pollution

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