Plastic pollution is one of the most serious problems affecting the world’s oceans. If current trends continue, plastic pollution is expected to outweigh all fish in the sea by 2050. Finding a long-term solution to this growing problem is critical. With that said, one of the most important methods is to collect and recycle waste. Now, designer Cesar Pieri and Furf Design Studio have come up with a new way to combat plastic waste.

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Yellow circular sail on a boat

They’ve envisioned a new design concept that takes sustainability to a whole new level: the Second Sun sailboat. The best part about this conceptualized design is that it would be made from plastic found in oceans.

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Close view of the yellow sail

It has two distinguishing features: a transparent hull and a bright yellow-round sail that represents the “second Sun.” The transparent structure of the design provides a glimpse into sea life while also displaying the dance of the ocean waves. Thereby providing the sailor with an entirely new sailing experience. 

Clear boat design and bright yellow sail

As per the set plans, the transparent hull of the sailboat would be made from algae-based biopolymer, whereas the internal structure and fabric from plastic waste collected from the oceans. 

Mockup of sailboat on water

Moreover, plastic pollution has been wreaking havoc on the oceans for years now. Plastic is also estimated to account for 85% of all marine litter. Plastic production is expected to double in the coming years, eventually leading to a sharp increase in ocean pollution. Currently, only 9% of plastic is recycled, owing to the low value of its waste.

If this sailboat design is successful, it may help to reduce the amount of plastic in the oceans. Furthermore, the innovative design has the potential to usher in a new generation of watercraft and inspire more such environmentally friendly concepts in the future.

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