Volvo takes ocean sustainability to a new levelJune 18th, 2018
Luxury car brand, Volvo Car Australia (VCA) has launched its latest innovative sustainability project, Living Seawall, created in collaboration with whiteGREY, Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences (SIMs), and Reef Design Lab. VCA joined the United Nations’ World Environment Day initiative, with this year’s theme revolving around beating plastic pollution. The Living Seawall uses uniquely designed tiles made from concrete reinforced with 100% recycled plastic fibres to mimic the root structure of mangrove trees that were once prolific along Sydney Harbour. The plastic fibres are embedded within the concrete in such a way that they cannot disperse into the environment. The Living Seawall was unveiled by Volvo at a beach clean event in Rose Bay on World Environment Day. The complete Living Seawall, featuring 50 tiles measuring 50cm x 50cm, will be built over the next few months and installed at a location in Sydney Harbour creating one of the world’s largest living seawalls. Organisms will colonize the Living Seawall within months of installation, helping to improve the richness and the diversity of seawalls. These organisms filter harsh pollutants, particles and heavy metals from the water, helping to keep the Harbour and ocean around Living Seawall clean.