“It is sticky and attracts particulates” is how Bruce Kania of Floating Island International explains the biofilm that serves as the glue for the floating islands his company produces. Bruce, during his conversation with Designers of Paradise host Erik van Lennep, describes why these recycled-plastic based islands are beneficial and how they work.
Kania talks about how the plastic matrix supports a natural biofilm that attracts particulates and supports a food web. Comparing them to natural, peat-based, islands these islands, designed with the help of biomimicry, help increase biodiversity and clean the water. They support “water resource recovery.” Over 9000 islands have been deployed around the world. As Bruce clarifies, we think that we need to clean the water to bring back a healthy food web, when actually, repairing the food web is what cleans the water.
The interview closes with a discussion of ways to get involved in Floating Island International’s work ranging from citizen science on the islands to internships and partnering for sales or manufacturing. As Bruce says, ” We have the tools. We have the science. We’re ready.” Listen to the podcast
Abundant Edge with Oliver Goshey
Regenerating lakes and ponds with floating islands, with Bruce Kania of Floating Island International. "We’ve covered a ton of angles to this topic already, from fixing broken water cycles on the land with keyline planning and earthworks, to marine ecosystem restoration through conservation and even farming. In today’s episode I got to speak with Bruce Kania of Floating Island International which developed their patented Biohaven floating island technology as a solution to algae-ridden and nutrient impared waterways since 2005. Since then they´ve launched over 9,000 island systems worldwide as solutions to a variety of problems facing contaminated water." Get new regenerative skills right to your inbox to start your week off right. Listen to the podcast