Flipflopi is the world’s first sailing boat made entirely from plastic waste and flip-flops collected from beaches and towns on the Kenyan coast. It works to raise people’s awareness of plastic pollution in the oceans and invites them to rethink their consumption behavior towards single-use plastics.
In early 2016, Ben Morison, manager of an online travel agency, was swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar. On the beach, a multitude of flip-flops….The crazy idea of the Flipflopi project was born.
The FlipFlopi Project is supported by the UN Environment and the Kenyan government in its latest effort to combat plastic pollution.
The rainbow-colored FlipFlopi dhow is 9 meters long and made from discarded plastics picked up during regular clean-ups of the ocean. Its first voyage from the Kenyan island of Lamu to Stone Town is in Zanzibar, Tanzania in 2019.
The project is not just about building a plastic boat. The project aims to initiate, from Africa, a plastic revolution throughout the Indian Ocean in order to contribute to the global movement against single-use plastics and to involve consumers throughout the Indian Ocean who hold the keys of the future health of the oceans.
According to cnn/entreprenanteafrique