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