09 Aug '12, 12pm

The Sea Chair Project Turns Fishermen Into Chair-makers and Rids the Ocean of Plastic Waste (Photos)

The Sea Chair Project Turns Fishermen Into Chair-makers and Rids the Ocean of Plastic Waste (Photos)

At a recent visit to Eyebeam , I came across the Sea Chair Project by Studio Swine and Kieren Jones . According to them, “the United Nation estimates the world’s oceans to contain some 100 million tons of plastic”. Furthermore, due to commercial fishing and depleting fish stocks, the fishing industry is in crisis. To kill two birds with one stone, the designers created a device to collect plastic waste floating in the ocean and to turn it into stools. The project combines craft, industry and design and offers the fishing industry a new occupation: making chairs onboard. Sea Chair Project /via The first Sea Chair was launched at this year’s Milan Design Week and produced with plastic collected from Porthowan Beach in the UK with the help of the custom made Sea Press. All the machinery and collection tools are refurbished agricultural machinery sourced from salvage yards, re...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/eco-friendly-furniture/sea-chai...

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