Plastic pollution in the ocean is a rapidly emerging global environmental concern. By 2050 the ratio of plastic to fish life will be 1:1
The FlipFlopi expedition will use waste plastic and discarded flip-flops, collected from the beaches and towns of Kenya, to build a 60 ft sailing boat that, in January 2018, will be sailed from Lamu to Cape Town - a journey of 5,250 kms.
In doing so we will broadcast a loud message to the whole world about the impact that plastic is having on marine ecosystems, how this affects us, and what we can do about it.
We believe that any serious attempt at impacting the outcome requires a change to consumer behaviours upstream in the life-cycle of single use plastics. As such all expedition publicity will be directed to the expedition's main objective: supporting the global movement focused on campaigning against single use plastics in different states world wide.
Along the way we will also be promoting successful recycling initiatives, and working with science partners to collect data on ocean plastics in the western Indian Ocean. Importantly, the project will also serve to champion the culturally significant, but sadly declining, craft of traditional Swahili dhow building.
Plastic pollution is costing billions to abate. 12 million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean each year – and everything suffers: tourism, recreation, business, the health of humans, animals, fish and birds.
We will start building the Dhow.
Structural build complete.
May / june 2018
Fixtures and fittings complete
july - september 2018
Sea trials, training & local Kenyan voyages.
Expedition starts from Lamu in Kenya.
5,250kms later the FlipFlopi will arrive in Cape Town.