The 8th Continent Remove Plastic Waste
The 8th Continent by Slovak designer Lenka Petráková sounds like a movie title, but it’s actually a floating station that restores balance for the marine environment by removing plastic waste from the surface and then breaking it down to recyclable material. This design took home first price at the 2020 Grand Prix Award for Architecture & Innovation of the Sea from Foundation Jacques Rougerie Génération Espace Mer – Institut de France. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.



This floating station is entirely self-sufficient, which means it needs to optimize the power generated through tidal energy, which is used to run the turbine that collects waste. Over the greenhouse you’ll find solar panels to collect energy for heating the water reservoirs, thus enabling it to evaporate for the desalination process. The filtered water is then pumped into a tank and used for halophilic plants’ hydrophobic cultivation.

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The 8th Continent Remove Plastic Waste
The 8th Continent Remove Plastic Waste
The 8th Continent Remove Plastic Waste

The live-giving ocean is suffering, and we need to help restore its balance for our planet’s survival. We can not achieve it only by technology, but we need an interdisciplinary platform to educate people and change their relationship with the marine environment for the generations to come,” said Lenka Petráková.