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A group of students transforming plastic bottles into ecological boats

A group of students is helping to cut global plastic waste production by transforming plastic bottles into ecological boats. Plastic waste management has been of major concern despite global efforts to control its production. 

The high rate of urbanization has increased its production causing daily tons of wastes available for collection.

Humanity has an addiction to plastic bottles and every minute world purchases one million plastic bottles.

Many of the bottles end up in the ocean instead of recycling bins thereby affecting the marine ecosystem. 

Cameroon-based students through Madiba & Nature pioneered a creative use for these polluting plastic bottles. They fabricated floating canoe-shaped crafts out of collected empties to promote the circular economy in Africa.

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The students want to prompt people to think differently about how they consume and dispose of plastic bottles.

 “…we want to help change people’s attitudes and bad habits on the management of plastic waste that degrades sensitive ecosystems.” Says their website.

The Madiba & Nature volunteers pick up thousands of plastic bottles to make what they called ecological canoes. The boats could help not just the environment, but the local community as well. 

Ismael, one of the group members said, “there’s a great need for fishing boats in our area, and the plastic bottle boats could meet that need. Ismael also said plastic bottles clogging their waterways have led to flooding in the local area.

A local fisherman added at first they thought the plastic bottle boats were a joke, but it turns out the crafts are strong and seaworthy. 

Madiba & Nature volunteers has also started a program for students and engineers to learn more about green business, and have developed an environmental awareness and education program. 

They’ve also helped develop a local waste management system and supported other groups laboring to protect the environment. Their aim is to research how to use recycled plastic in building or paving systems.

Also read,

Recycling plastic bags into the fabric

Urban solid waste management; A major concern despite government’s efforts

Kenya emerging as a leader on war against plastic waste pollution, UN

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