1. Welcome to Recycled Island.

    WHIM is an Amsterdam-based architecture firm with a big question. Is it possible to build a self-sustaining home entirely from plastic waste?

    Disturbed by the increasingly enormous deposits of floating trash that cloud oceans and cover coastlines across the globe, WHIM hatched a plan to develop a floating island of plastic that could function as a human habitation.

    The initial phase will test various types of plastic waste found in marine trash and develop strategies to build with these materials. Once gathered and recycled, the materials will be transformed into a flood-proof floating home — perhaps suggesting a new model for communities affected by both widespread marine litter and rising sea levels.