Santa Monica, CA
5Gyres and its partners created the world’s first fully-mobile, solar-powered plastic recovery kiln. The kiln melts dirty, common plastic pollution found in the ocean into useful materials such as bricks, roofing tiles, sandal bottoms, etc. 5 Gyres hopes this transformation will create a market for low value plastic, which will ultimately facilitate their removal from beaches. They deployed the first kiln in the Bahamas, hosted clean ups, and trained the locals in brick production.