Boat made from recycled plastic and flip-flops motivates defend cleaner seas along African coast


After finishing a historical 500 km journey from the Kenyan island of Lamu to the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, the world’s very first standard “dhow” cruising boat made completely from recycled plastic, called the Flipflopi, has actually effectively raised awareness of the requirement to get rid of among the world’s most significant ecological difficulties: plastic contamination.

The Flipflopi Job was co-founded by Kenyan trip operator Ben Morison in 2016, and the ground-breaking dhow was developed by master artisans Ali Skanda, and a group of volunteers utilizing 10,000 tonnes of recycled plastic.

The boat gets its name from the 30,000 recycled flip-flops utilized to embellish its multi-coloured hull.

Plastics comprise 80 percent of all ocean litter.

The UN Environment firm’s (UNEP) Tidy Seas Project signed up with forces with Flipflopi for the journey down the East African coast, which started on 23 January, ending on 7 February, with the goal of motivating residents from Africa and all over the world to end up being more knowledgeable about the risks of plastic contamination.

The Tidy Seas project was released in 2017 to advise federal governments, services and residents to remove significant sources of marine litter– microplastics in cosmetics and the extreme, inefficient use of single-use plastic– by the year2022 Each year, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic winds up in the oceans, ruining marine wildlife, fisheries and tourist, and costing a minimum of $8 billion in damage to marine communities. As much as 80 percent of all litter in the oceans is made from plastic.

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A close up view of the FlipFlopi dhow, a 9-metre standard cruising boat made from 10 tonnes of disposed of plastic.

Historical contamination dedications along Flipflopi path.

Flipflopi made numerous stops throughout the journey, letting regional individuals understand what they can do to stop the spread of hazardous plastic waste, consisting of the Kenyan seaside towns of Kipini, Malindi and Mombasa.

Workshops were carried out to provide neighborhood members a much better understanding of the effects of discarding plastic waste into the ocean and reveal kids how they can develop helpful brand-new items out of discarded plastic bottles.

Throughout the Flipflopi trip, every port of call revealed historical dedications to combat contamination. Among the most considerable was the promise to close the Kibarani garbage dump website in Mombasa, which enables hazardous water to drain pipes straight into the ocean. Kibarani is now being brought back and planted with trees, while waste will apparently be gotten rid of at a brand-new website in a more ecologically accountable way.

Another favorable result of the project has actually been the choice of 29 services, consisting of 22 hotels, to decrease their plastic waste through steps such as prohibiting making use of plastic bottles and straws.

UN Environment’s Tidy Seas – Flipflopi exploration, is the current chapter in Kenya’s push to end up being a worldwide leader in taking on plastic contamination. In August 2017, the nation presented the world’s hardest restriction on plastic bags with anybody producing, offering or utilizing a plastic bag, running the risk of jail time of as much as 4 years or fines of $40,000

The next action for Flipflopi will be a journey to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, where Presidents, environment ministers, ecological activists, innovators, NGOs, and CEOs of international business will collect for the 4th United Nations Environment Assembly– the world’s highest-level ecological online forum– from 11-15 March 2019.


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