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07/29/2014 10:52 am ET

These Fishermen Make 'Sea Chairs' From Plastic They Haul In... While They're Still Fishing

Most of us know there are unfortunate amounts of plastic floating about in the world's oceans and that the ubiquitous substance is even making its way into Earth's permanent geological record.

However, one project seeks to bring attention to the ever-growing problem through this beautifully filmed short called "Sea Chair."

London-based Studio Swine teamed up with local fishermen to collect plastic debris that gets hauled in with the crew's fishing nets. While they fish, the crew members melt down the plastic in a DIY furnace and then slowly construct a stool, or "sea chair," out of the recycled plastic.

In the film's description, the problem is outlined in stark statistics: "Recent studies have estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometer of the world’s oceans. The number of plastic pieces in the Pacific Ocean has tripled in the last 10 years and the size of the accumulation is set to double in the next 10."

The short, directed by Dutch filmmaker Juriaan Booij, recently won second prize in the European Short Film Category at the 2014 Young Director Award during the Cannes Film Festival.

In an effort to continue their work, Studio Swine will participate in a similar project this September called Gyre to Gaia. Organized by Common Seas, the voyage will sail from the United Kingdom to the Canary Islands collecting ocean plastic and turning it into a sea kayak to raise awareness about the ocean's plastic pollution.

Want to get involved? Studio Swine offers an open-source tutorial so you can make your very own sea chair.

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