Harry Peck Solves the Environmental Problem of Surfing

Surfing is an exciting sport to pick up or even just watch from the coast, but it comes with an environmental cost. In the UK, it is estimated that over 16,000 cheap styrofoam bodyboards are left on UK beaches, often after just a single use, according to Keep Britain Tidy. Not only does this add plastic to our oceans, but it also endangers wildlife that swallows parts floating in the water or becomes entangled in algae. Student designer Harry Peck from Northumbria University wants to minimize this problem by recycling the foam material into durable furniture. This is how his last project, Wave Cycle, came about.

By breaking down the polystyrene foam packaging and turning it into a malleable material, he is able to create furniture that is durable and long lasting. He forms various parts of a stool from metal molds, which he then puts together with screws. The end result is a piece of furniture that, with its undulating curves and blue color scheme, is reminiscent of the environment it came from.

Sketch and material palette of the stool

Stool design

Plastic from the sea

Miniature model of a stool

the manufacture of a stool

Machine parts of the wave cycle project

Legs and blue stool

Person in a wetsuit sits on a blue stool

Hand holding a blue chair

Parts of the wave cycle stool

packaged parts of the wave cycle stool

Wave cycle stool chair parts

Stool with styrofoam bits

Stool with styrofoam bits

Underside of the Wave bicycle stool

Close up of chair in the sand

Wave bicycle stool chair on the beach with broken bodyboards

Wave cycle furniture

To learn more about Wave Cycle, visit harrywillpeck.wixsite.com.

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