A unique new piece of garden furniture – the first of its kind made from recycled ocean plastic waste – will take pride of place in a special exhibition at Cornwall’s Eden Project, revealing the incredible story behind its journey from polluting sea plastic to the latest innovation in eco-friendly style that’s set to take the garden retail industry by storm.
The DuraOcean® chair from LifestyleGarden®, which has been crafted from recycled fishing nets, ropes and plastic waste salvaged from the world’s oceans, will be showcased in a replica beach exhibit in Eden’s Mediterranean biome. An industry first that raises the bar in terms of sustainability, two further DuraOcean® chairs will be available for visitors to relax in while surveying the exhibit – complete with swing tags that tell the tale of the chair’s remarkable journey.
It is estimated that up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic is discarded into the world’s oceans each year. Hundreds of tonnes of ‘ghost fishing gear’ – the type of waste that is now being recovered from oceans and transformed into DuraOcean® chairs – is lost, abandoned or thrown into the sea each year. Often made from non-biodegradable synthetic materials, ocean waste poses a major risk to marine wildlife.
The coastal exhibit at Eden will reveal the horrific extent of waste that washes-up every year on a similar size beach in Cyprus. Discarded fishing gear has a devastating effect on marine life, with entanglement being one of the biggest causes of turtle mortality. In just one year, on an actual beach in Cyprus, 3,033kg of plastic waste - including 314 items of plastic, 69.7 pieces of large plastic, 50.3 plastic bags and 38.4 bottle tops washed ashore. In fact, plastics account for 95% of the waste in the open sea, on the seabed and on beaches across the Mediterranean. This waste comes mainly from Turkey and Spain, followed by Italy, Egypt and France. These shocking figures also do not include microplastics that accumulate deep in the sand.