Fancy living in an island made of your waste?
Welcome to the Recycled Island. At Recycled Island, we love Mother Nature, and we love to recycle. Therefore we made some cute and colorful houses from your used plastic and your dump. The chimney is made of your dump, and the chair is reassembled from your old cabinet. The sofa might be abit hard as we run out of used cottons, so please bear with it at the moment.
This is the idea of the Dutch, where they plan to turn the waste-filled island into a tropical destination. Unique by itself because it smells like your waste. The Recycled Island will be turned into a habitable, self-sustaining island.
Recycled Island would be about the size of Hawaii’s biggest island and would be located in between Hawaii and San Francisco. The lofty project’s main goals are to recycle the plastic floating in the ocean, establish a stable and seaworthy island and make the island self-sufficient with its own sustainable foods and energy sources. So we’re talking houses made from plastic, fertilizable soil made from seaweed and human manure, and electricity coming from solar, wave, and wind power.
The concept is still rather ‘bizarre’, and very far-fetched I might add. It would already be very hard to build a self-sustaining island out of all the rubbish of this world. What’s more, you’re going to build buildings on this unstable island, using recycled materials. A very welcomed idea indeed, but I won’t put high hopes on this.
The main characteristics of the island are summarized:
1. Realized from the plastic waste in our Oceans. This will clean our Oceans intensely and it will change the character of the plastic waste from garbage to building material. The gathering of the plastic waste will become a lot more attractive.
2. The island is habitable, where it will have its value as land capturing and is a potential habitat for a part of the rising amount of climate refugees.
3. The habitable area is designed as an urban setting. Nowadays already half of the World population lives in urban conditions, which has a huge impact on nature. The realization of mixed-use environments is our hope for the future.
4. The island is constructed as a green living environment, from the point of view of a natural habitat. The use of compost toilets in creating fertile ground is an example in this.
5. It is a self sufficient habitat, which is not (or hardly) depending from other countries and finds its own resources to survive. The settlement has its own energy and food sources.
6. The island is ecologic and not polluting or affecting the world negatively. Natural and non polluting sources are used to let the island exist in harmony with nature.
7. The size of the floating city is considerable in relation to the huge amount of plastic waste in the Ocean. The largest concentration of plastic has a footprint the size of France and Spain together. Starting point is to create an island with the coverage of 10.000Km2. This is about the size of the island Hawaii.
8. The location is the North Pacific Gyre, where at this moment the biggest concentration of plastic waste is discovered. This is geographically a beautiful spot North-East to Hawaii. By recycling and constructing directly on the spot with the biggest concentration of plastic waste, long transports are avoided. Because of the floating character the position could eventually be altered.