Transforming trash into something new and desirable is a real art form, and in some places, could be considered an emerging industry of sorts. Based out of the United Kingdom, Studio Swine (short for "Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers") created this collection of luxurious items that were (surprisingly) made from trash, dredged from the gyres of plastic polluting the oceans, during a nautical journey spanning 1000 miles. See their video on the project, fittingly dubbed "Gyrecraft":
Seen over at Design Milk, Gyrecraft raises awareness about the urgent issue of widespread plastic pollution, as well as turning the stigma of trash into something precious. To create these works in the longtime tradition of maritime handicrafts, Studio Swine also custom-built a solar extruder, which melted and extruded plastic onboard the ship, using solar power.
Each of the works represents one of the five major gyres of plastics now polluting the oceans. From far away, they look quite similar to turtle shell, horn or other natural materials used in local islander crafts, but up close, one can see their plastic genesis.
In creating this series of extravagant-looking objects with ocean plastic, the "gyrecraft" concept is proven: that new, enticing things can be made with garbage -- though, needless to say, it would help immensely if that plastic didn't end up in the ocean in the first place. More over at Studio Swine.