Plastic Republic - UCL iGEM 2012 Fundraising video

Uploaded by UCLiGEM on 26.06.2012

This summer, we're looking beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean.
A hundred million tons of tiny plastic pieces float here.
This is what happens to our plastic waste. It ends up in the oceans and breaks down
where these pieces remain for hundreds of years.
Our project deals with this environmental disaster.
We are competing in iGEM, the world's largest student synthetic biology competition.
And our aim is to build synthetic organisms to clear these plastics from the ocean.
First, we're building organisms to safely degrade the plastic.
But we also asked ourselves: Could we collect the plastic, instead of just getting rid of it?
Can we use it as a valuable resource?
So, we're building a second synthetic organism
that can stick these particles together
into large floating clumps.
These large pieces could be easily collected and recycled
Ultimately our long term vision is to turn the pollution into artificial islands.
Giving new purpose to our waste.
So that's our vision!
We're building these organisms and testing their behavior in safe experiments.
It's important to stress that this is a student project.
Our island isn't going to happen anytime soon.
But if you support us, you might be one of the first to holiday on Plastic Republic.
To involve you, we're opening up
the project to as many people as possible.
Come see us work in a public lab
where we collaborate with the London DIY-Biohacking community.
Keep up to date with development on the plastic island,
where we explore into how plastic waste can be used
as a construction material, with Carina - our architectural expert.
Finally, join our adventure from home
by watching our documentary episodes released during the summer.
All of this takes money,
which is why we need your help, to make our island come alive.
Support us by sharing this video with your friends,
and donating. No matter how small, it will make a really big difference.
In terms of rewards:
For £5, you can be one of the first plastic island residents.
Buy your land online,
and name it in your honor.
We look forward to seeing you soon, on Plastic Island.