Trashy Destination: Recycle IslandBy Diana Cook
In a bid to create an eco-futuristic mecca, Netherlands-based WHIM Architecture plans to build an island in the North Pacific manufactured out of 44,000 tons of trash. “Recycle Island” which could accommodate up to half a million people would take an environmental hazard (floating ocean refuse) and use it to create a fully sustainable, self-sufficient island the size of Hawaii.
Set to include residential housing, agricultural land, beaches and tourism outlets, with washed-up plastic refuse used as the building material. To cut down on unnecessary transportation of plastic, the fabrication process for Recycle Island would take place on site in the heart of the Pacific Ocean currents, between the islands Hawaii and San Francisco. A spokesperson for WHIM Architecture explains, “We have three main aims; cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste; creating new land; and constructing a sustainable habitat.”