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Studio Swine’s Sea Chair is Made From Recycled Plastic Ocean Waste
Posted By Ana Lisa On July 25, 2012 @ 3:56 pm In Design,Green Furniture,Green Interiors,Green Products,Innovation,Recycled Materials | No Comments
Our oceans are filled with plastic waste  that will never fully decompose – the pieces just get smaller and smaller, and therefore more difficult to collect. Seeking to address this pervasive problem, Britain-based Studio Swine  worked with Kieren Jones  to create the Sea Chair – a sturdy stool made of recycled plastic  waste collected from the ocean!
The plastic used in Studio Swine’s Sea Chairs is harvested from the UK’s most polluted  beach, Porthtowan  – a small blustery cove on the southwest extremity of the British Isles. The studio collects tiny plastic pellets with a low-tech device they created from refurbished agricultural machinery found at salvage yards. This device, dubbed ‘The Nurdler’ consists of a hand-powered water pump, a sluice that sorts plastic micro nodules by size, and a floatation tank that separates materials by density.
Studio Swine creates their recycled plastic seats using a device they call the Sea Press – a furnace and hydraulic press that fits on a small fishing vessel. The studio also collects organic materials such as seaweed  and wood and compresses them to make bricks, which they then burn to melt the plastic – that’s what we call a closed loop system!
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URLs in this post:
 plastic waste: http://inhabitat.com/the-5-gyres-project-searches-the-oceans-for-new-garbage-patches/
 Studio Swine: http://www.studioswine.com/STUDIO_SWINE/Sea_Chair.html
 Kieren Jones: http://kierenjones.com/
 recycled plastic: http://inhabitat.com/tag/recycled-plastic/
 polluted: http://inhabitat.com/scripps-study-shows-plastic-in-pacific-garbage-patch-has-increased-100-fold/
 Porthtowan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porthtowan
 seaweed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seaweed
 Via This is Paper: http://thisispaper.com/Studio-Swine-Sea-Chair
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