volvo develops 3D-printed 'living seawall' to save the world's oceans from plastic pollution
 

volvo develops 3D-printed 'living seawall' to save the world's oceans from plastic pollution

in an effort to combat ocean plastic pollution, swedish car maker volvo has partnered with the sydney institute of marine science and reef design lab to develop the living seawall. made up of 50 3D-printed tiles that mimic the root structure of mangrove trees, the project aims at adding complexity to the existing seawall structure and provide a habitat for marine life.

 

video and images courtesy of volvo

 

 

according to research, one garbage truck of plastic enters the world’s oceans every minute, while more than half of sydney’s shoreline is artificial since rich, vibrant habitats have been replaced with seawalls and degraded by plastic pollution. on top of organizing beach clean-ups all over the world, volvo has partnered with the sydney institute of marine science and reef design lab to design the living seawall as a means of aiding biodiversity and attracting filter-feeding organisms. the more organisms attracted, the more they actually absorb and filter out pollutants – such as particulate matter and heavy metals – keeping the water ‘clean’. the 3D-printed tiles are installed along an existing seawall structure in sydney harbor, while researchers will monitor the living seawall for the next 20 years as it improves biodiversity and water quality.

volvo develops 3D-printed 'living seawall' to save the world's oceans from plastic pollution

volvo develops 3D-printed 'living seawall' to save the world's oceans from plastic pollution

volvo develops 3D-printed 'living seawall' to save the world's oceans from plastic pollution

volvo develops 3D-printed 'living seawall' to save the world's oceans from plastic pollution

 

 

project info:

 

 

name: living seawall

designer: volvo, sydney institute of marine science, reef design lab

  • I don’t understand the comments on here. We’re not talking about removing organisms. We’re talking about attracting them, which means providing them with a stable structure for them to grown on. If anyone did any research before posting comments they’d realise that these structures are acting as “replacement” walls as our reefs disappear. They’re not a perfect substitute, but artificial walls like this, thanks to their irregular structure, increase chances of organisms clinging on and making a new home. Something they can’t do on flat smooth surfaces so much. The idea is that by providing an ideal environment we’d attract more organisms to settle there and grow.

    Roxane says:
  • Ponder: Removing these organisms from the ocean would be devastating for all life earth. They are critical to our food chain and help keep our oceans clean by filtering out and consuming certain kinds of pollution. They can handle a little toxin from man made polution and microplastics, but that ends up working it’s way up the food chain.

    Our best solution is to reduce the amount of trash we throw out there. But if we all did nothing, the problem will eventually solve itself in time after the last human dies of an uninhabitable earth.

    Ren says:
  • Wait a sec! I don’t get it: how does having filter-feeding organisms remove pollutants by absorbing them? Those organisms mußt be then themselves be removed from the ocean¡

    Donald Ponder says:
  • The tiles aren’t 3D printed. They’re made from marine grade concrete, cast in 3D printed moulds.

    g says:
  • They are 3d printed from ceramic filled resin then kiln fired resulting a solid ceramic tile. No marine pollution.

    Ioan says:
  • Er…and these tiles are printed of WHAT material again? Probably thermoplastics? Come on…
    Let’s hope they can be made of a mineral material like clay, china, concrete or like, otherwise this is…you know…

    Dirk says:
  • Are you really sure that those tiles will not erode in the seawater during the next 20 years, thus polluting the ocean with microplastics?
    It seems this is not a solution, but part of the problem

    ta says:

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