Solar Powered Plastic Beach Huts

by Tyler Hoyle

Spark is an environmentally friendly international design studio. Each of its four offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Singapore work to create distinctive solutions that reflect initiatives of attaining more sustainable environments across the globe. In Singapore, Spark wants to use recycled plastic from the ocean to build a series of elevated Beach Huts across the coast. The aim is to raise awareness to the negative effects of ocean plastic, which has contributed to the annual death of millions of seabirds and thousands of sea manuals. Continue reading

Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup, Genius or Dutch Disaster?

by Katy Schaefer

Boyan Slat, a 21 year old Dutch inventor, entrepreneur, and wunderkind gained quite a bit of media attention in 2012 when he gave a TEDx talk proposing a radical plan to clean the world’s oceans. He devised a system that he claims could remove 7,250,000,000KG of plastic from the oceans in just five years per gyre. The public responded with hope, joy and donations. However, with the first official open ocean test launch happening in the second quarter of 2016, the marine biologists and oceanographers have begun to cry foul. Continue reading