(KING) Chris and Laura Moriarty are turning plastic found in the Pacific Ocean into prosthetic hands for people around the world.
The Anacortes, Washington couple saw the massive issue of plastics polluting oceans and combined it with the need for plastic prosthetic limbs.
It came to Chris Moriarty in the middle of the night, as his ideas often do.
"I woke my poor wife up and asked her to evaluate," he said.
From that vision came a project the Moriartys hope will, quite literally, give the world a hand.
"We thought, wouldn't it make a lot of sense to take something deplorable in one sense and something heartbreaking in another, put them together and see what we could do," said Chris.
Two months later, from their humble home office in Anacortes, they're trying to solve both.
Using plastic they've found on their local beach, Laura and Chris started the Million Waves Project.
It takes just 15 plastic bottles, $45 and two-and-a-half days to make one hand. The couple uses open source software, a company that processes the plastic into filament and a 3-D printer.
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