- December 23rd, 2015
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Trash Finds Purpose with Project Seafood
The trash that people throw may not always end up in the garbage dumps or in the compost pit. There countless occasions where unusable materials and other clutter end up in strange natural spots such as fields of flowers and the sparkling beaches.
It comes to no surprise that the amount of trash this world has is staggering. It is a constant reminder that we humans are infecting the Mother Earth with our own form of virus. Trash comes in droves and in heaps, and most of the time, no one will even bother to clean up after themselves. It is a constant and growing concern.
But there is a lingering hope for such staggering events of nature. There are people who are also very cautious and conscious about the junk that are being left everywhere. Terms such as Grasscycling, recycling, upcycling and downcycling become more profound because of people’s efforts to actually put a change in the world. That does not mean that the world is all the better because of people’s efforts to recycle, but at least more and more changes are being made to stem the tide of trash.
Swiss techno-enthusiasts and environmentalists, Fabian Wyss and Jennifer Gadient, co-founded Project Seafood, a very unique and eye-opening company that can definitely kick-start a revolution when it comes to three dimensional arts and crafts. They go around the European countryside, scouring the beaches for trash that wash up on the otherwise smooth sand by the lapping of the waves. They take these forgotten items and bring it to their mobile upcycling fablab. It is a van that houses a portable & customizable 3D printing machine that can print anything from anything.
That is the essence of their environmentally conscious workspace for art and creativity. They wash the captured plastics, shred them and they make a printing filament out of them. It is nothing short of genius and everyone can actually make such an effort to fulfil their passions and help the environment at the same time.
Fabian and Jennifer use the Ultimaker Original 3D Printer, which is highly customizable and dependable in its durability. They have made various items that they use for their hobbies and interests. They have created combs for their surfboards, a 3D printed frame or casing for Jennifer’s shades, and other objects that can otherwise be bought for a very high price.
They drive their upcycling van around to get more trash. It is a testament to their passion for creation and for their caring attitude to nature itself. They also need not worry about their products because they are all strong and uniquely shaped. The twist is that they also won’t lose their sources of plastic anytime soon because the world is rife with all kinds of trash. But they are doing their part and if they can do this with their 3D printer, then there might be a time when people will also shred their trash and use them as filaments in order to make something new out of it.