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Artificial Reefs and coral

Create structures that naturally blend into the habitat and help recover or protect coastal reefs.

Photo of Angel Landeros
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Grind particulate is colorful and durable, just like coral.  It can be molded into any variety of shaped or added as a filler to existing materials being used to build artificial reefs to add more surface area on which marine life can attach itself and grow.

Nike grind particulate could provide the right size article to create nooks and crannies along the artificial reef's surface to attract new dwellers.  Its flexibility would lend itself to adapt designs to the specific area and purpose it would be used for.  As it does not have heavy metals or other substances that would be a risk of leaking or corroding, the structures would provide a stable and sturdy foundation for new marine life.  

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Rubber Granulate

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

By adding grind materials to the current artificial reef manufacturing process, the structures can be made lighter, and increase the surface area for microorganisms and sub-aquatic life to latch on.

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

Small and cheap reef prototypes can be made and tested in aquariums. Resistance to strong currents, salt water, and suitability to attract, grow and sustain marine life.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

New and existing marine wildlife preservation groups looking for new options and resources.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

With the increased attention and urgency to save our marine life, having the support from Nike could help in developing some web videos of how Nike Grind goes from rubbish to forming part of the foundation of new reefs that help marine life around the world prosper. There could be some concern about how resistant the rubber grind material would be to underwater conditions and how well it will work. By doing initial small scale prototypes the right reef design and % of addition can be polished before scaling up

How is your idea innovative?

Just re purposing existing process to use rubber as filler for concrete in a different use.

What inspired this idea?

The colorful pictures of Nike Grind rubber reminded me of coral reefs

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

I am a chemical engineer with experience in general industrial manufacturing processes

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

It would help get people with more experience, design background and common beliefs involved and connected to improve the idea


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Photo of Steve

Hi Angel,
The density of the available grind material is the obvious challenge here, as some of it will be less dense than water. However, the fibres could be a good reinforcing medium, and also add low cost interesting texture to the surface of the concrete
Reefballs and similar structures have to be heavy enough to avoid being moved around by storm waves

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