After the boats were well received, they are also looking to make bins out of plastic waste for disposal, sorting and recycling of waste.
With the threat of global warming looming over our heads, every step to help save the planet matters and plastic is one of our worst enemies. In an attempt to recycle and reuse discarded plastic bottles, a man from Cameroon has turned the bottles into boats! According to The Good News Network, Ismaël Essome Ebone was first inspired to build his “EcoBoats” when he was a student back in 2011.
The young inventor saw several plastic bottles floating by on some passing floodwaters after a thunderstorm. When he took shelter from the weather change he noticed the alarming number of bottles. He decided to build a boat from plastic bottles collected from around the town and waited to test it until another storm blew in. And sure enough, it passed with flying colors, much to the astonishment of the local fishermen.
The young man decided to invest in the idea and launched a non-profit by the name of Madiba & Nature. The charity works towards collecting plastic waste in the area and turning it into boats for fishermen who need it. Since the nonprofit did so well the Cameroonian organization recently installed the nation’s first-ever EcoBin for collecting, sorting, and recycling waste materials. Say hello to the EcoBin. “The EcoBin makes it easier to collect plastic bottles in a smart way and avoid polluting rivers and the ocean in Kribi and Douala!” reads the nonprofit’s Facebook page. “From plastic waste to EcoBoat and EcoBin, the revolution is on the way.” They are even looking for volunteers to help their cause here.
The name of the nonprofit is inspired by Madiba means water in the local language. Ismaël Essome Ebone tells Al Jazeera, "The pollution affected the river and now you cannot catch fish because the fishing area is full of plastic," he says. "So I thought to help not only clean the rivers but also to provide boats because it's not easy in the villages for someone to buy a simple boat, so now we build cheaper eco-boats that could be useful." He has built over 37 boats which have removed over 24,000 bottles from Douala's rivers, according to the report. "We want our city to be the example in Africa," he says. "We aim to supply eco-bins in the areas of Douala, all the corners in front of all the shops, the supermarket, the school, so it will be easy to come and pick up the waste and recycle it. That is the vision."