In June of this year, we wrote about Vac from the Sea, an initiative by Electrolux to raise awareness of the huge amount of plastic waste in the oceans by deploying teams to collect some of it and turn it into a series of vacuums. Today they unveiled the series of 5, pictured top. Each vacuum represents one ocean, from left to right: the North Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Pacific Ocean, and the Baltic Sea.
The chassis are visually quite nice, and though this isn't currently worked out for high volume production, but, according to Electrolux, the "quality and logistics needed for cleaning and sorting ocean plastic makes it difficult to use in mass production." For now, they are planning to auction off one of the vacuum cleaners, using the revenue for continued research into the initiative.
Watch a quick video of the process below. More photos of the vacuums, harvesting, and fabrication follow.
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