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Volvo Erects A ‘Living Seawall’ In Sydney’s Harbor To Combat Ocean Pollution
By Yoon Sann Wong, 29 Jan 2019
With vast amounts of plastic being discarded into the Earth’s oceans every 60 seconds, more major brands are jumping on the eco-friendly bandwagon to do away with this harmful, non-biodegradable material in their packaging.
Volvo rallies behind this global cause by teaming up with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Reef Design Lab to create the ‘Living Seawall’, built to help clean up Sydney’s waters.
“[M]ore than half of Sydney’s shoreline is artificial. Rich, vibrant habitats have been replaced with seawalls and degraded by plastic pollution,” explains Volvo on the project’s website. Even though Volvo Ocean Race hosts beach cleanups worldwide to tackle plastic pollution, more can be done to save the marine ecosystem.
The ‘Living Seawall’ comprises up to 50 tiles designed to resemble the root structure of native mangrove trees, thereby adding complexity to the existing seawall and provides a habitat for marine life to survive and thrive.
Image via Volvo
The structure draws filter-feeding organisms that absorb and filter out pollutants, including particulate matter and heavy metals, which helps clean the water.
According to Volvo, researchers will monitor the wall for the next 20 years to determine how it improves biodiversity and water quality.
Recently, the “world’s first” underwater 3D graffiti took root in Bali to spur coral growth. Nestlé, the world’s largest packaged food company, has also bid goodbye to single-use plastic, along with KFC France.
[via Volvo, video via VolvoCarAustralia, main image via video screenshot]
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