Backed by UNEP Clean Seas Initiative, the Flipflopi sets sail on the first overseas expedition in January, travelling 500kms from Lamu to Zanzibar to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution.
Departing from Lamu on the Kenyan coast on 24th January 2019, the FlipFlopi will sail south along the coasts of Kenya stopping in Watamu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Diani, before crossing into northern Tanzania with planned stops on Pemba Island, and onwards into Stone Town, Zanzibar. The voyage will take between 12 and 14 days.
The Flipflopi team will be visiting schools, communities and government officials along the way sharing solutions and changing mindsets. Remember, this was never really 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.
“I have known Ben Morison for a while now, and have become fascinated by his project. I think The FlipFlopi Expedition is a very imaginative and innovative plan that will really focus attention on the urgent need to clean our beaches and oceans.”
(CBE) Col. John Blashford-Snell with Ali Skanda during a recent visit to Lamu. John is a Flipflopi advisorY board member.
HOW LONG IS THE JOURNEY?
The most direct route from Lamu to Stone Town is approximately 500kms. But of course sailing boats don't go in a straight line, so the actual distance we sail will be considerably longer.
HOW FAST WILL WE TRAVEL?
We expect to sail approximately 50 to 80 kilometres a day. But we are not in a race - our objective is to make it to Stone Town safely, whilst simultaneously broadcasting the #Plasticrevolution message to a global audience.
WILL WE STOP EN ROUTE?
Yes, we are organising beach clean-ups with local partners, plus visiting a number of marine conservation and plastic recycling initiatives. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us