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Volvo develops 3D-printed 'living seawall' to save the world's oceans from plastic pollution

In an effort to combatoceanplastic pollution, swedish car makervolvohas partnered with the sydney institute of marine science and reef design lab to developthe living seawall.made up of 503D-printedtiles that mimic the root structure of mangrove trees, the project aims at adding complexity to the existing seawall structure and provide a habitat for marine life.

According to research, one garbage truck of plastic enters the world’s oceans every minute, while more than half of sydney’s shoreline is artificial since rich, vibrant habitats have been replaced with seawalls and degraded by plastic pollution.on top of organizing beach clean-ups all over the world,volvohas partnered withthe sydney institute of marine scienceandreef design labto design the living seawall as a means of aiding biodiversity and attracting filter-feeding organisms.the more organisms attracted, the more they actually absorb and filter out pollutants – such as particulate matter and heavy metals – keeping the water ‘clean’. the 3D-printed tiles are installed along an existing seawall structure in sydney harbor, while researchers will monitor the living seawall for the next 20 years as it improves biodiversity and water quality.

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