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11 January 19

Plastic surgery.

We’re fascinated by the art created by Vasco Mourão, a Barcelona-based sculptor and illustrator who is using his talents to help clean up the ocean around the Azores, an Atlantic archipelago. Mourão creates and sells “Face Plastic”—abstract sculptures that he makes from recovered plastic trash. Half of the proceeds are then donated to The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit founded by Dutch inventor Boyan Slat that uses a current-aided filter to extract plastic from some of the largest “garbage patches” in the world’s oceans. It’s an international effort—and a great example of design that's improving the planet.