Plastics revolution Amazing: What Citizens of Lamu are doing with our ocean plastics in effort to combat pollution

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Their plans will help combat pollution and help preservation of trees.

Expert builds boat out of recycled material in Lamu play Expert Ali Abdalla builds boat out of recycled material in Lamu (Reuters)

Lamu- Kenya's oldest living town, a haven of peace, tranquility, beauty and guaranteed to leave any visitor with memories that will linger forever. At least that's what a talented tour guide will tell you. It's an idyllic location- very popular with the tourists. But lately it has been suffering from a pollution problem and one local has decided to do something about it.

play Lamu (Courtesy)

After a beach cleanup effort that collected up to 33,000 kg of plastic waste, safari organiser and Lamu local, Ben Morrison figured he needed to come up with a solution before the trash heaps overtook the beauty of the beach.

Morrison approached Ali "Skanda" Abdalla, a 44-year-old master boat builder. Together, they decided to design a traditional 60 ft. dhow from recycled plastic.

play The boat (Facebook)


The team ended up using 200,000 slippers and counting and up to 45,000 kg of waste.

Once finished a trip- dubbed the Flipi Flopi expedtion- with the dhow. The boat will be sailed to Cape Town, South Africa.

play The Flipi Flopi dhow (Facebook)


The project, will offer a market to recyclers and persuade locals to preserve trees and use these alternatives in their constructions.

The move comes highly applauded as Kenyans are attempting to make a significant effort in the control of plastics following the ban of plastic bags in August and the expected ban on plastic bottles eventually.

play Waste collected out of ocean in Lamu (Courtesy)
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