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Volvo creates Living Seawall to combat pollution and promote biodiversity



Volvo has installed an environmentally friendly coastline along the Sydney Harbor, which aims to improve biodiversity and water quality in the area.


Volvo Living Seawall consists of 50 hexagonal small tiles and ditches designed to mimic the roots of natural mangrove trees – a popular marine habitat.

Each tile is made of marine concrete reinforced with recycled plastic fibers.

Living underwater wall of Volvo

Developed in collaboration with the Sydney Naval Institute and Labem for reef design, the project offers an alternative to traditional, linear underwater walls, which are often associated with the loss of surrounding ecosystems.

Attached to the surface of the existing underwater structure, tiles of an irregular shape are designed to attract wildlife such as oysters and molluscs that filter the water by feeding the particles that pass.

"Designed to mimic the roots of natural mangrove trees, Living Sealall adds complexity to the existing structure of the sea board and provides a habitat for marine life," said Volvo.

"It helps biodiversity and attracts organisms that feed filters and actually absorb and filter contaminants – such as particles and heavy metals – by keeping the water clean, the more water we have, the better the water," said the brand.

Scientists will monitor Living Marine for the next 20 years to see how this affects the biodiversity and water quality in the area.

Living underwater wall of Volvo

Volvo developed tiles after discovering that a plastic garbage truck is entering the world's oceans every minute, and more than half of Sydney's coast is made of artificial undersea.

"Rich and lively habitats have been replaced with sea bottom and degraded by plastic pollution," the brand said.

By adding tile to the existing underwater project, the project aims to transform the artificial structure into a potentially marine habitat.

"It also represents a unique opportunity to research which specific structures and seabed geometries best support ecosystems in our oceans," Volvo added.

Living underwater wall of Volvo

Volvo promised to replace all its disposable plastic with sustainable alternatives by the end of 2019.

Other companies involved in similar initiatives include IKEA, which has revealed plans to remove all disposable plastics from its range by 2020.

In a small amount to reduce unnecessary packaging, The Guardian, the British national magazine recently removed polyethylene packaging in favor of composted potato starch.


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