The innovative UK waste and environmental charity Hubbub are once again entering uncharted waters by launching the worldâs first boat made from recycled plastic today (2 November) as part of a campaign to change peopleâs attitudes towards plastic littering while clearing up Londonâs polluted waterways.
Hubbubâs new 12-seater punter, ‘Poly-Mer’, is made from Plaswood, a mixture of wood and recycled plastic from bottles and films produced by Scottish plastics recycler BPI Recycled Products.
Once out on the water, ‘Poly-Mer’ will embark on ‘plastic fishing’ trips in order to clear plastic litter from the docks around the capital’s Canary Wharf, from which new vessels can be constructed, with the hope of creating a flotilla of plastic litter-busting boats to be deployed across the UK.
UK Resources Minister Therese Coffey MP joined school children from nearby Canary Wharf College (CWC) for the boat’s maiden voyage from the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre today. Pupils from CWC had previously helped collect plastic litter from the docks over a weekend organised by CWC parent Christine Armstrong after seeing the shocking levels of pollution in the body of water around the Isle of Dogs, where CWC is based.