In Rotterdam’s Rijnhaven, a 140-square meter floating park started welcoming its guests earlier this month. Developed by the Recycled Island Foundation, the floating landscape is constructed with hexagonal blocks that were made from plastic waste and debris collected from ports and rivers before they reach the sea.
The project aims to emphasise the potential and value of recycled plastic waste as it took five years from concept to the current prototype stage. The hexagonal plastic blocks serve as a base for growing different kinds of greens and flowers. While currently the blocks look slightly empty since they are new, over a period of time they will easily turn into a platform with lush vegetation. The project also benefits the ecosystem as it offers a habitat for insects, birds, fish and micro-organism for feeding and breading. The foundation is exploring suitable locations for bringing the concept to other cities.