If you’ve walked the streets of Rotterdam recently, you probably spotted a bright blue, four-metre high 3D-printed trophy made from recycled polyethylene (PET). The plastic sculpture was made in honour of the Eurovision Song Contest to celebrate the city’s dedication to sustainability.
The rPET eye catcher is fully recyclable and made from plastic collected in and around Rotterdam’s harbour, lakes and canals. The material was filtered out of the water using RanMarine’s floating device called Waste Shark. The smart systems can stay in the water for up to 10 hours, covering a range of 5km, taking in a total of 500kg of ocean plastic every day. Routes can be planned in advance for extra efficient collection results.
The recycled trophy is a great fit with Eurovision’s emphasis on the circular economy – and its mission to inspire other nations competing in the popular singing contest to adopt more sustainable practices, not just in host cities, but nation-wide.
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