#BoomyMcBoomface cleans the #oceans of #trash!

Boomy McBoomface

Boomy McBoomface

As a companion piece to Upcycling Ocean Trash into Shelters—I give you the #Dutch initiative that will help #harvest that #plastic to use for #shelters!  Utilizing their wonderfully named #boom, #BoomyMcBoomface — the founder, #BoyanSlat developed this system to gather plastic #waste from the gyres so we can #upcycle it!


Via #TheGuardian:

A bid to clear the Pacific of its plastic debris has moved a step closer with the launch of the biggest prototype clean-up boom yet by the Dutch environment minister at a port in The #Hague.

On Thursday the 100m-long barrier will be towed 20km out to sea for a year of sensor-monitored tests, before being scaled up for real-life trials off the Japanese coast at the end of next year.

If all goes well, full-scale deployment of a 100km-long version will take place in the “great Pacific garbage patch” between California and Hawaii in 2020.

The Dutch environment minister, Sharon Dijksma, told the Guardian that her government, which part-funded the test, was fully backing the project, which will eventually cost around €300m.

“We can use our political pressure with other governments, businesses and the international institutions to fund this on an even bigger scale,” she said. “We are used to fronting public-private [partnerships] like this. It is not new for us. When it is a success, philanthropists will be standing in line asking to join us.”

The snake-like ocean barrier is made out of vulcanised rubber and works by harnessing sea currents to passively funnel trash in surface waters – often just millimetres in diameter – into a V-shaped cone.

A cable sub-system will anchor the structure at depths of up to 4.5km – almost twice as far down as has even been done before – keeping it in place so it can trap the rubbish for periodic collection by boats.

A fully scaled-up barrier would be the most ambitious ocean cleansing project yet, capturing around half of the plastic soup that circles the Pacific gyre within a decade. That at least is the plan.

#Upcycling #Plastic #Waste from our #Oceans to build #Shelter ~ GENIUS!

Nev House

Nev House

#NevHyman, who is #rethinking our #waste in the ocean #gyres to #repurpose the plastic into cyclone-resistant housing for people in vulnerable island nations. #Genius!  This is reverse #supplychain ingenuity in action!

From the interview with #SeaChange radio:

Many people living in Pacific nations, like Vanuatu, Indonesia, and the Philippines, struggle to find adequate shelter, a challenge compounded by the elevated risk of structure-destroying cyclones. Meanwhile, miles off their coasts, plastic waste floats in the ocean, contaminating the marine food chain and threatening the world’s largest ecosystem.

Our guest this week is Nev Hyman, an avid surfer who saw these two seemingly unrelated problems and devised a solution. His company, Nev House, uses recycled plastic to build low-cost, fire- and cyclone-resistant, solar- and water sanitation-equipped houses for people living in developing nations. He tells us about how Nev House partners with charities to actualize their business model, how he feels the emergency shelter system should be streamlined, and how this small company will upcycle 3 million tons of plastic waste over the next four years.

Date extended to apply for #SXSWEco Startup Showcase!

SXSWEco StartUp Showcase

SXSWEco StartUp Showcase

Do you have an #eco idea that needs exposure?  Have your started a company that cares for the #environment but needs a little boost?  Apply for the #SXSWEcoStartUpShowcase!  They have extended the application date to Monday June 27!

The competition offers impact startups the opportunity to pitch to a panel of Judges made up of representatives from major corporations, foundations, venture capitalists, and media outlets as well as the entire #SXSW Eco audience. Presenting companies have collectively gone on to raise over $70M. See 10 Success Stories from SXSW Eco 2015 Startups.

Categories for Entry

  • Building
  • Energy
  • Food + Agriculture
  • Global Health
  • IoT + Software
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Social Impact
  • Supply Chain + Product Innovation
  • Transportation
  • Reuse + Recycling
  • Water
  • Other

The Startup Showcase is open to all #cleantech and #socialimpact startups that have not raised over $5M in funding. To apply, submit an application through our online portal.

Contact startupshowcase@sxsweco.com with questions or to get involved.

#HGTV Flea Market Flip—#Upcycling goes #mainstream!

Flea Market Flip logo

Flea Market Flip

I just caught an episode of HGTV’s #FleaMarketFlip featuring the  #FIT designers vs. #PennState crafters and it was good!  Disclaimer: I was rooting for the FIT designers as I knew their aesthetic would be “on point”.

I really want to do a show where you are not so much buying low and #upcycling—but finding items as #trash and making them useable and/or beautiful again (in a new form, perhaps).  Once an item has gone to a #fleamarket—there is a #salvage ethic involved (it is worth something).  I want to see the transformation from the side-of-the-road find (#waste) to a $500 sale. Literally worth NOTHING to an elevated piece for your home.

Who wants a new #Austin #Upcycle Challenge?

Okay, so it has been a while.  It’s not you—it’s me.  I would like to hear from folks if they want another Austin Upcycle Challenge this year—please ping me if you or an assembled team is interested.  We could even do a #virtualchallenge!

Here are some photos from our first challenge:

Ping me blythe@re-sourcery.org or just comment on this site if you want to be included.



Too many choices? We have a solution!

Too many choices

Too many choices, pare down, and upcycle!

Want a solution to “too many choices”? Pare down and repair what you love! Recycle what you don’t need and upcycle the articles of clothing that are your favorites.  Need a designer or an upcycler?  Email us and we can find you one!