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.
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