Collection site: Sandhamn, Sweden; Gdansk, Poland; Ragaciems, Klapkalnciems, Latvia
Method: Coastal cleanups with locals.
Partners: Islanders, Sandhamn, Sweden; The Hel Marine Station, Poland; Pedas, Latvia.
For the Baltic Sea Edition concept vacuum cleaner, plastic was collected from three different sites in Poland, Sweden and Latvia. In Sweden, special Vac from the Sea-envelopes were distributed to people in the small harbor of Sandhamn in the Stockholm archipelago. The envelopes were filled with litter and sent to Electrolux.
In Poland, the collection was organized in cooperation with the Hel Marine Station, a field station part of the Institute of Oceanography at the University of Gdansk. Beach cleaning is part of its educational program, and a group of school children from a Slupsk elementary school helped to collect plastic on the Hel peninsula beaches.
In Latvia, there was an organized beach cleanup at Ragaciems, Klapkalnciems, about 40 kilometers west of Riga, with NGO Pedas.
The plastic litter from the three countries covers the vacuum cleaner. Different objects range from ice cream packaging to plastic bottles to flipflops to numerous bottle caps and beach toys. The recovered objects were mounted on a hood made of industrially recycled plastic and then heated with hot air – to follow the sleek contour of the Ultra One machine.