Surfing is an exciting sport to take up or even just watch from the shorelines, but it comes with an environmental cost. In the UK, according to Keep Britain Tidy, an estimated 16,000+ cheap, polystyrene bodyboards are abandoned on UK beaches, often after just a single use. Not only does this add plastic to our oceans, but it also endangers wildlife who swallow bits and pieces that float in the waters or get tangled up in seaweed. Student designer Harry Peck from Northumbria University wants to minimize this problem by upcycling the foam material into durable furniture. Thus, his final project, Wave Cycle, was created.

By breaking down the polystyrene packaging foam and transforming it into a moldable material, he’s able to create furniture that’s durable and long-lasting. He uses metal molds to form various parts of a stool, which he’s then able to put together using screws. The final result is a piece of furniture that’s reminiscent of the environment it came from, with its wavy curves and blue colorway.

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