Ocean Plastics

In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the amount of plastics being dumped in the ocean. Currently, 8 million tons of plastic is being dumped into the ocean every year. This has a huge impact on the environment, not only for marine wildlife. 100,000 marine animals die every year due to plastic entanglement. Ocean plastics also have a direct effect on humans through the food chain. [1]

But the ocean isn’t just a food source – marine plants are responsible for producing 70% of the oxygen inhaled by humans. The oceans also absorb 30% of all the CO2 produced by humans. [1]

Following the recognition of this massive problem, many projects have been initiated in order to help prevent or reduce the amount of plastics being dumped in the ocean. PJ Diesel wishes to contribute in the fight against ocean pollution and create awareness of the situation – by initiating this project with the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA).

The project

Today, the components repaired by PJ Diesel are transported in conventional wooden boxes. These boxes have a limited lifetime due to wear and tear during transport, and we see great potential for improvements in the design. We feel the boxes transporting the repaired components should reflect filosophy of the company: sustainability and reuse.

The students from KEA were given the task of designing a new transportation box which had to fulfil the following:

  • The box must be reusable, and preferably have a longer lifetime than the current solution.
  • The material should be resistant to humidity and oil.
  • The material needs to be sustainable.
  • Ocean plastics has to be incorporated.

The project started in February 2017, and three groups from the 2. Semester of the study “Product Development” were selected for completion of the task. The project started out with brainstorming session with PJ Diesel and the selected groups in order to create discussions regarding requirements, innovative ideas and sustainability.

[Quote Michael Gram]


The project proved to be fruitful, and the students were faced with challenges in the areas of product development and design, construction, materials, production and economics.


[1] Source: https://www.plasticoceans.org/the-facts/