In the middle of the Port of Rotterdam, surrounded by gray buildings, small green islands are popping up on the Nieuwe Maas river, which flows there into the North Sea. If you look closely, you’ll see insects buzzing around and birds flying to their nests while snails, crabs, and small fish gather on the bottoms of the landscaped islands. Only when you look very, very closely will you notice that these islands are made of recycled plastic. What’s going on here?
In cooperation with the Audi Environmental Foundation, the Recycled Island Foundation filtered plastic waste out of the Nieuwe Maas using collecting basins that they designed themselves. The plastic waste was then sorted and used to create floating plastic islands.