World first dhow made from plastic waste to sail along E. African coast – Xinhua

NAIROBI, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) — A traditional dhow sailing boat made entirely from plastic trash collected from Kenya’s beaches and towns will make its maiden voyage across the East African Coast later this month.

The boat that will make a 500-kilometer expedition from Lamu town in Kenya to Zanzibar in Tanzania will be making stops along the beaches on the way to help change mindsets of people on plastic management.

“The boat that is nicknamed “Flipflopi” is a reminder of the urgent need for us to rethink the way we manufacture, use and manage single-use plastic,” Joyce Msuya, UN Environment’s Acting Executive Director, said in a statement on Friday.

She revealed that the boat will make six stops along the East African coastline to inspire communities on how to repurpose their own plastic…

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