No way can I claim sole rights to the synergy of ocean trash and floating islands. Rather than sitting on dry land typing about ‘em, there are folks out there actually building the damn things. The above video offers a look at Richi Sowa’s original Spiral Island, a floating habitat made from reused plastic bottles that supports a copse of living mangrove trees, a garden and a private beach. Food harvested on the island fed its lord and master, who returned the favor with the proceeds of his composting toilet. After the hurricanes in 2005 wrecked the original, Sowa regrouped and put together Spiral Island II with the help of volunteers. Here’s a look at the new version.
Dutch architects apparently want to take the trash-island idea and bring it to an ARCO pipe-dream scale:
Recycled island is a research project on the potential of realizing a habitable floating island in the Pacific Ocean made from all the plastic waste that is momentarily floating around in the ocean.
The proposal has three main aims; Cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste; Creating new land; And constructing a sustainable habitat. Recycled island seeks the possibilities to recycle the plastic waste on the spot and to recycle it into a floating entity. The constructive and marine technical aspects take part in the project of creating a sea worthy island.
They have a Flash slide-show and everything so, y’know, it’s happening for sure.
Think you can do better? Start out with a mini version: here’s a video about making your floating island.