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Fiji's first recycled boat

Timoci Vula
Monday, November 22, 2010

SOME 600 empty plastic beverage bottles were used to construct what the owner believes is Fiji's first recycled bottle boat.

Measuring 4.5 metres long and 1.4 metres wide, the Bottles Up boat was made from the 600ml plastic bottles glued together with a layer of foam underneath to aid in floatation and some plastic sheeting for the seats and floor deck.

Bottles Up will be used as a form of activity for tourists to paddle around a 110ft-deep lake.

Tom Davies, the inventor and owner of Raintree Lodge Eco-Tourist Resort in Colo-I-Suva said the idea could be implemented by villagers given the massive number of empty plastic bottles littering the seashores and roadsides.

"Instead of using bamboos for the bilibili (raft), they can use empty plastic bottles and it lasts much longer than bamboo rafts," Mr Davies said.

"Its (plastic boat) buoyancy is phenomenal. This small boat can cater for three big Fijian men and we have tested it and it floats pretty well, and what a better way to recycle the bottles," he said.

Mr Davies said construction work which began in December last year was done by the night security guard.

He said he hoped the boat would inspire other people to reuse materials in their personal lives.


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