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Joysxee Island will be featured on MTV's Extreme Cribs on Tuesday, August 23rd at 4:30pm
Now back to the show....
Richard Branson and Leonardo Dicaprio had to buy their islands but Richart Sowa built his.
I hope you enjoyed the above video and please explore all the links we provide below. All money raised will be used to grow Joysxee Island and make it more robust for the launch into the bay of Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
I know what you are thinking - "What happens to the bottles and why are you putting plastic into the ocean? - These are the most common questions so let me answer them first.
All the bottles stay together in the fruit sacks and eventually corals and the roots of mangroves interlock them further so that no bottles escape and pollute the ocean. They do not degrade in the UV light of the sun because they are in cool water and darkness underneath the island. When the last island was destroyed by hurricane Emily, all of the bottles stayed firmly together and the entire island was washed ashore and nothing was washed out to sea. Rishi is a true environmentalist and would never create anything that would further pollute our planet.
So this is a true pioneer ecological project with a global mission of showing what we can do with garbage. Richart believes we can reverse the adverse effects that our modern lifestyle is doing to our earth's ecological balance, by creating islands which become self-sustainable as corals and marine life grow on the underside and mangroves and fruit and vegetable garden are grown on the topside. This gives back oxygen to an otherwise ever decreasing atmosphere and creates a root integrated, flexible and resilient habitable Island which can grow big enough to be able to eventually survive and flourish on the ocean.
A little more about Richart: The construction of Joysxee is fascinating; Richart (who also goes by the nickname Rishi) collects plastic bottles from all around Isla Mujeres and he puts them into recycled fruit sacks to create a floating platform. Palettes are put on top of the full fruit sacks, then plywood and carpeting on top of that, and then a covering of sand, dirt, and rocks. On top of all this sits his house which is made from wood framing covered with fabrics and contains a composting toilet, rain catcher, conch shell intercom system, and so much more. Because the P.E.T plastic bottles are away from the U.V. rays of the sun, they are preserved perfectly. The baby mangroves which he plants on the edges of the island serve as an additional locking system as the roots take hold of the bottles below. In a few months time the new bags of bottles will host barnacles and even corals and lock into place underneath to provide more support to the entire island. The result is a flexible floating island, created from approximately 70% recycled materials which undulates on the waves. Rishi is continuously adding more bags of plastic bottles to the island so it can continue to grow and expand. He has numerous plants which grow on the island including; palm trees, sea grapes, mangroves, cactus, spinach, tomatoes, melons, lemons, herbs and flowering shrubs.
Now it is time to super-size the island so it can handle the larger waves of the bay.
Some of the materials needed to expand the island include; palettes, thick rope, lumber, fruit bags, anchor posts, sand, stones, shells, plants, plywood, new batteries for the solar panels and off-grid system, and a satellite dish for internet and to broadcast the educational videos we will shoot during construction. We will also need to drive wood posts into the sea bed to serve as an anchoring system for the new location in the bay. Part of the expansion of the island will include a space for a boat that will dock to Joysxee and push it out of the lagoon and into the bay. Another building project is a wave-powered propulsion system, where the movement of the ocean will power flippers that will propel the island. Rishi will also be building a wave-powered washing machine and a wave-powered air-conditioning system. All of this construction will be documented and shared on our YouTube channel.
The government of Mexico recognized Joysxee Island as an "eco boat" and therefore it needs to comply with all boating regulations so we will need to purchase life vests, life ring buoys, red and green boat lights, a fire extinguisher, and first aid kit before it can leave the lagoon.
We are happy to answer all questions about this project as Joysxee is a teaching island and a prototype which can be reproduced around the globe. The materials used to build Joysxee are available worldwide and we would love to see thousands of "trash to treasure" islands built to help re-green the planet. If you are ever in Isla Mujeres, please come and visit and please help spread the word about this project through your email contacts and social networking connections.
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