Recycled plastic boat to take school children on free waste fishing trips

Recycled plastic boat to take school children on free waste fishing trips

London school children will be taking to the Thames for some hands-on experience with the problem of plastic waste, thanks to a new scheme by environmental behaviour change charity Hubbub.

Last month Hubbub launched the world’s first boat made from recycled plastic, named ‘Poly-Mer’, which has been taking businesses on ‘plastic fishing’ trips to clear plastic debris from the water around London’s Docklands and see the effects of single-use plastic first hand.

Today (5 December), Hubbub announced that with support from grantmaking organisation City Bridge Trust, it will be offering 55 free plastic fishing trips for London schools aboard ‘Poly-Mer’.

The aim of the project is twofold: not only to improve London’s waterways – which are cleared of 300 tonnes of litter every year, the charity claims – but also to reduce the amount of plastic being littered in the first place, by engaging children with their surroundings and educating them about the impact of plastic waste, particularly from single-use food and drinks packaging, on the environment.