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Zanzibar Expedition: The Flipflopi Dhow was built with waste plastic and will sail 500kms from Kenya to Stone Town, Zanzibar to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution. The prototype Flipflopi is already very busy sailing around Lamu and regional waters (including an expedition to Zanzibar in early 2019. PHOTO - FLIPFLOP DHOW PROJECT

United Nations commend Kenyans for
developing dhow from plastic waste

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A senior UN official has commended Kenya for developing a homegrown dhow from plastic waste.

Joyce Msuya, acting executive director of the UN Environment, said that the innovation demonstrated that African countries can take the lead in environmental conservation.

"This is a sign that community driven initiatives can as well offer a solution to long term problems that the world is going through," Msuya told the media during the unveiling of the world’s first dhow made from plastic waste in Nairobi.

She noted that the initiative showcased progress that Kenya has made since banning the use of plastic carrier bags in 2017. Msuya said currently, some eight million tonnes of plastic waste flows into the oceans globally every year while only less than nine percent is recycled.

She called on African governments that are yet to take drastic actions to move with speed, adding that Sub-Saharan Africa currently generates about 170 million tonnes of waste and plastic one comprise of 12 percent of the total.

Koleka Anita Mqulwana, South Africa High Commissioner to Kenya and Acting Dean of Africa Diplomatic Corps, urged African governments to develop strategies that could lead to durable solution to plastic waste choking large water bodies.

"We have to help create awareness to help inform communities to take plastic pollution seriously and help remove plastics from the oceans where they have outnumbered fish," said Mqulwana.


.Flipflopi Plastic Boat welcomed at Jomo Kenyatta public beach in Mombasa | Coastweek

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- Local people enjoy a ride on Flipflopi Plastic Boat during a cleanup exercise and the welcoming of the boat at Jomo Kenyatta public beach in Mombasa. The Flipflopi Dhow made entirely from plastic waste collected from Kenya’s beaches and coastal towns will sail 500 kilometers from Kenya to Stone Town, Zanzibar to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution. XINHUA PHOTO - FRED MUTUNE

She emphasized that African countries must move beyond sustainable programs and begin to deal with the waste right from the source.

"Single use plastics are no longer useful in Africa and have to be eradicated forthwith," said Mqulwana, calling for the inclusion of private sector in the fight against the use of plastic bags in Africa.

The envoy urged governments to develop initiatives to benefit communities by helping reduce poverty.

"We have to empower communities to relate with ocean by coming up with innovative ideas," said Mqulwana.

She requested environmental experts to start simplifying the technical terminology to ensure all citizens understand what they mean to enable them to take necessary actions against plastic bags.

Dipesh Pabari, co-founder of the dhow, that is nicknamed FlipFlopi, said it was created to help solve plastic pollution in the world.

The dhow serves as a call for communities living along the oceans to rise up and help clean up the oceans, said Pabari.

He said that the nine-meter sailing dhow that is made from 10 tonnes of discarded plastics has been built by a team calling for plastic revolution to stem the flow of plastic waste dumped into the world’s ocean.

Pabari said that the dhow has unique components like a life jackets and a radio.

Flipflopi, the world’s first 100 percent recycled plastic dhow, will be embarking on its 500 kilometer maiden voyage from Lamu, Kenya to Stone Town in Tanzania’s Zanzibar this week, visiting schools, communities and government officials.

The expedition that is supported by the UN Environment’s CleanSeas program is being used to share solutions and change mindsets along its route before it arrives in time for the upcoming Sauti za Busara music festival in Zanzibar.


World first dhow made from plastic waste to set sail along East African coast


Nicknamed 'FlipFlopi' dhow was created to help solve plastic pollution in the world



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