One year on from the plastic bag ban in Kenya, this film looks at the innovators who have responded in amazing and unexpected ways. On the eve of the Flip Flopi prototype launch, we get a glimpse into the story behind the team building a Dhow made completely from recycled plastic waste, a worlds first.
To highlight the potential of ‘already-used’ plastic we decided in June 2016, to try and build a boat entirely from plastic collected on beaches and roadsides in Kenya. And two years later, using many tonnes of plastic waste and thousands of repurposed flipflops – we have succeeded. Built on the island of lamu using traditional dhow builders and techniques, the worlds very first 100% recycled plastic dhow sets sail in just a few days time.
But of course it has never really been about the boat... we simply want to demonstrate that single use plastic doesn’t make sense. We hope people around the world are inspired to find their own ways to repurpose ‘already-used’ plastic.
The next step in our journey is to sail our boat to Zanzibar sharing our message along the east African coast, talking to law makers, companies and communities about what can be done to reduce plastic use and to stop plastic ending up in the environment.
Wherever you may live, the reality is that we are all standing on the edge of a global calamity. I know this with every logical cell in my body. We know that responsible lawmakers, corporates and individuals can make a difference, but urgent actions are neeed, so I urge you to join the #plasticrevolution and make your voice heard.
Plastic is incredibly durable, versatile and valuable. But its greatest strengths - combined with a global 'use once & throw away' culture - are causing damage to the environment.
The #Plasticrevolution is creating a movement for change - a mass movement composed of individuals, companies, groups, even governments, all committed to bringing about a world without single-use plastic.
For the past two years we have worked tirelessly to build a 7mt prototype entirely from recycled plastic and we are now ready to build a 20mt dhow that will be able to sail from Lamu to Cape Town!
We are asking for donations of $10 to $50 and if you would like to donate more, then ask your friends, families or coworkers. After all, we all use plastic and we all need to do our bit! Watch the film above for more information...
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