Charity Waste Free Oceans has created the environmentally friendly book in collaboration with illustrator Chervelle Fryer and tech company Teijin.
Welsh illustrator Chervelle Fryer and Japanese technology company Teijin have helped bring to life a children’s book produced entirely from recycled ocean plastic.
The Ocean Plastic Book project was conceived by environmental charity Waste Free Oceans, in collaboration with advertising agency Jung von Matt.
The idea for the book came about based on research showing that more than 8 billion kilograms of plastic waste ends up in our seas and oceans every year, and by 2050 it is estimated that there will be more pieces of plastic than fish.
The book tells the story of a girl called Pippa, who dreams of one day being able to swim with every animal in the sea. When she decides to go on an oceanic adventure however, many of the animals aren’t able to swim properly because they have been injured by pieces of plastic debris. The tale has a happy ending however, with Pippa going on to help the creatures, ban all plastics from the sea and ultimately become the “Queen of the Ocean”.
Waste Free Oceans has collected plastic waste from all over the world to produce the book. Teijin – which specialises in fibre production and plastic processing techniques – then shredded the plastics into pellets and turned them into fibres that were used to create a tear and water-resistant material for the book’s pages and cover.
The book is currently being sent out to politicians and other public figures, and the team behind it is in talks with publishers about releasing a publicly available edition. For more info, head here.