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Floating Park Is Made From Recycled Plastic Trash
An organization in the Netherlands has opened the world’s first floating park—complete with reading benches, greenery, and wildlife—crafted entirely from trash retrieved from the waters around it. The Recycled Island Foundation opened the park in Rotterdam Harbour after more than a year of collecting garbage that would’ve otherwise ended up in the North Sea. Three custom-made litter traps did the job using a passive system that allowed trash from the river to flow through it.

Once the trash was collected, it was broken down and refashioned into hexagonal building blocks (floating platforms), which were then linked within the harbour and anchored to the seabed. Together, the recycled plastic pieces form a 1,500-square-foot park, with two hexagonal structures designed for human use and the rest acting as floating garden beds.

According to the website, a major function of the park is to boost ecology in the harbor by planting different types of vegetation that attract aquatic life from birds to insects and snails. (Even the undersides of the platforms are designed to encourage plant growth underwater.)


 
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