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The Plastic Revolution and a boat made of flipflops

Find out Ben's other passion outside of travel

Stuart

Stuart

Marketing & Commerical
Published on

07 Aug 2018

Read time

5 minutes

Flipflopi Project

Our Director Ben spends a lot of his life talking travel, especially Laikipia in Kenya, his go-to travel destination. Yet it's not his only passion. He is also at the forefront of conservation, especially when it comes to plastic pollution, and the increasing effect it is having on the environment.

The Flipflopi Propect.

On his frequent visits to East Africa Ben noticed a staggering increase in the amount of plastic being washed up along the coastline, and decided to do something about it, so together with some friends he started the FlipFlopi Project - an audacious attempt to build a boat sailing entirely from plastic waste - to demonstrate that plastic can and should be recycled and re-used rather than just being treated as a single use commodity.

The Start Of The Flip Flopi Project
The FlipFlopi Project begins

This project is no small task... the details;

  • They have set out to build a traditional sailing boat in Lamu in Kenya. It is comprised entirely from plastic waste that has been recycled into the various parts required to build a boat. The boat is being covered by flipflops, as these are one of the biggest items of marine waste littering the beaches of Kenya coast. This flipflop covering gives the boat and project its name - and also its eye-catching look.
  • The team has limited itself to using exclusively locally available resources... it is proudly a Kenya based and driven project with all the intelligence and know-how being driven locally.
  • Once they have completed a boat big enough for the journey, they intend to crew the boat and sail it all the way from Lamu in Kenya, to Cape Town in South Africa - the ultimate demonstration of the value and usefulness of what so many people see as 'rubbish or trash'.
  • The project’s simple objective is to show that single-use plastic doesn't make sense – with an essential focus on taking this message to consumers in less developed parts of the world... including Africa of course.

The project is now nearing completion of its prototype Flipflopi Dogo, and in so doing they've achieved something that has never been done before... A WORLD FIRST!!

As a result the project and its key messages have been receiving attention globally.... some of that is shown below. Ben also makes regular contributions to national and international press about solutions to plastic pollution.

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Check out the videos on the BBC, and Sky News. And we can't forget the local press, here's a great article in our local Westmorland Gazette.

There's also a fantastic mention in The Times:

The Times Flipflopi Article
The Times interview with Ben

Ben also does speaking engagements about the project; recent ones include the Royal Geographic Society in London, to school audiences around the UK and Kenya, and to a number of corporate businesses. I'm sure if you get in contact he'll happily talk to you about it.

To see a video made by the FlipFlopi team click here, It will let you know what the project is all about. Also check out their website and keep up to date on their progress.

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