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A traditional dhow made entirely from plastic trash collected from Kenya’s beaches and towns will make its maiden voyage later this month from Lamu to Zanzibar.


It will stop at communities along the 500km journey to change mindsets about plastic waste.


The FlipFlopi is a first-of-its-kind, 9-metre sailing boat made from 10 tonnes of discarded plastic.


It has been built by a team calling for a plastic revolution to stem the flow of up to 12 million tons of plastic waste dumped into the world’s oceans each year and to highlight the potential for plastic waste to be reused.


The dhow was launched in late 2018 in Lamu and has now partnered with UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign, which engages governments, the public and the private sector in the fight against marine plastic pollution.


Nine African countries have already signed onto the campaign, promising to take action to tackle marine pollution.


“The Flipflopi is living proof that we can live differently. It is a reminder of the urgent need for us to rethink the way we manufacture, use and manage single-use plastic,” Joyce Msuya, UN


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