More than half of the shoreline in Sydney, Australia, is now artificial. This might fix that.
Volvo, the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Reef Design Lab have collaborated to help restore rich, vibrant aquatic environments and reduce water pollution with something they call the ‘Living Seawall’.
Made to resemble the root structure of native mangrove trees, the 3D-printed tiles hope to clean the water and spur biodiversity by adding complexity to seawall structures.
To be specific, this mangrove-like habitat will attract filter-feeding organisms that can absorb and filter out pollutants, like particulate matter and heavy metals.
In highly-urbanised areas where tearing down seawalls is met with opposition, the Living Seawall could be a good alternative, providing protection to local communities while saving the environment.
In addition to the project, Volvo is also looking at other ways to become more sustainable, like planning to remove all single-use plastics from their offices by the end of the year.
The company also has the goal of putting one million electric cars on the road by 2025, and wants their manufacturing operations to be carbon neutral.
The Living Seawall is currently installed on a seawall in Sydney Harbour. It will be monitored for the next 20 years to track how much it improves the waters around it.