Project Manager Sharon Emanuel from Håll Sverige Rent inspects a component being built by recycled ocean plastics
​Project Manager Sharon Emanuel from Håll Sverige Rent inspects a component being built by recycled ocean plastics.
Photo: ​Anders Mikaelsson, SSPA

Optimist for the sea

​The awareness campaign “Optimists for the sea” are building boats from ocean plastic waste in order to increase awareness of the global issue.
​Plastic waste as a marine pollutant is a severe global concern. Several initiatives have therefor started around the world to try to influence people’s behavior. In Sweden, an awareness campaign called “Optimist for the sea” (Optimist för havet) wants to stop the supply of plastics to the sea by spreading knowledge about the problem and at the same time engage children and adults in possible solutions. 

Plastic litter has been collected by volunteers and will Plastic litter has been collected by volunteers and this plastic waste will now be recycled and converted into optimistic dinghi
be recycled and converted into five prototype boats
(optimist dinghies) during spring 2019. Experts from SSPA are crafting the dinghies with support from Chalmers University of Technology and their researchers with knowledge in how to handle different plastic materials.

Link to Swedish Television report: Optimistjollar byggs av skräp från havet (only in Swedish)

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Published: Fri 18 Jan 2019.