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A Boat Made From Plastic Waste is One of Kenya’s Solutions to a Global Problem | Short Film Showcase ctm magazine

One group of local fisherman in Kenya are building a boat entirely from plastic waste to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution.
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In Kenya, being caught with a plastic bag can land you with a fine of $38,000 USD or four years in jail. Since the introduction of these extreme laws, innovators have responded in amazing and unexpected ways. One group of local fisherman in Lamu are building a giant sailing ship entirely from plastic waste. They intend to sail the Indian Ocean to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution.

See some of the other remarkable solutions being developed in this short from Borderland Studios (https://www.instagram.com/borderland_studios/).

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A Boat Made From Plastic Waste is One of Kenya’s Solutions to a Global Problem | Short Film Showcase

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  • National Geographic on May 2, 2019

    As plastic continues to be one of the most widely used resources, some communities are taking it into their own hands to raise awareness about plastic pollution. What are your thoughts on this unique boat and its message?

  • SuperComputer04 on May 19, 2019

    That moment when the boat sinks and you damage the eviorment

  • Arun Benny on May 19, 2019

    I was thinking we could melt recycled plastic to make pots !

  • Batman on May 19, 2019

    Ban Plastic bag, yeah tell the american that!

  • Harambee Gardens on May 19, 2019

    He's a modern Hero. The new 'Wangari Maathi'. Hope you can market your idea before someone else does. Peace n power.

  • Alan Heath on May 19, 2019

    Simple kill 3 quarters of planets population no plastic problem and ozone should repair.The worlds ozone is the really issue to much sun penetration

  • Omar Zahir on May 19, 2019


  • theeUgly Duckling on May 19, 2019

    Beautiful cinematography, and the message is even more important

  • mark hughes on May 19, 2019

    Would laminating the plastic for main beams and spars make it less breakable?

  • deborah sacco on May 19, 2019

    Products of hemp can 100% replace plastic bags and more. Plastic pollution was the entire fault of DuPont Corporation since the early thirties.

  • masterji masterji on May 20, 2019

    Great idea. Great innovation. This will help all countries to get rid of plastic menace

  • VRYBURGER en KRYGER on May 20, 2019

    Pot kak, Dom konte gaan fokken sink

  • Iquey on May 22, 2019

    This is such a badass short film on Kenya.

  • Nico on June 13, 2019

    What an incredible film. If all countries could follow suit we could change the world!

  • Raajih Mohamed on June 28, 2019

    Came to see the boat, hardly saw the boat :C

  • afiq on July 4, 2019

    Look at the poor country😭they are trying to save the earth
    But some rich country just do not care about it

  • Erl dekker on July 7, 2019


  • Mikayla Bansie on July 13, 2019

    Ty Kenyan family. Love Peace Resist from Canada 🙂

  • Olga Pagan on July 23, 2019

    All it takes is for one person. One person. One. To change the world. To make a difference. To challenge the road to take and face the wars that will come. One person! This time, this person was James Wakibia!! Thank you James, you're an inspiration.

  • hot pepper on September 22, 2019

    Thanks for your inspiration and please don't accept waste from no other country.

  • Speedy O on October 23, 2019

    to me plastic in the enviroment shouldn't be there or called "trash" to me plastic is a resource. we capture it (for the sea its by just drinking the ocean with a platorm" separate then turn it into something useful.
    people i one question
    if you see plastic in bushes or anywhere that isn't a bin
    1 do you pick it up or do you just leave it and why do you make that choice be honest i have an idea i need your imformation to create it.

  • Antiquated Values on April 13, 2020

    The dramatic music and excessive philosophizing is a bit over-the-top.

  • Manny Tube on April 15, 2020

    Smart way to recycle plastic waste

  • thunksalot on May 14, 2020

    There's just one big problem to solve then: micro and nano plastics that rub off all those recycled products.

  • Dulla Khb3 on May 31, 2020

    Marvelous job keep it up lamunians

  • Sultan Azeem on June 20, 2020

    In my country pakistan govt ban on polythene bags un major big cities but the implementation of this rule is big deal but its good to c that govts are taking actions against this more dangerous pandemic then corona

  • Alec Fleming on July 28, 2020

    Africa will become the next power house they stay out of this next world war, head down into this solution. America is falling behind in this aspect due to no good labor, and China is busy on the capitalism fake products game. Russia is still on their own wave of the long process of becoming first world, and Australia is keeping to themselves.

    I am serious, Africa can clean up it's political issues, and fix the world plastic problem, and they will become the richest in the world. But, let us not forget history and greed. Balance.

  • Tony maina on August 31, 2020

    Thank you for filming this. Awareness is key to protecting our planet from pollution.

  • Thatperson on October 6, 2020

    So your telling me people would rather sit on their phones all day instead of helping the world 🌎.(really come on guys we are the next generation I know I sound like a Nagy teacher but we need change )

  • Manuel Jonathan Cáceres on October 30, 2020

    We can make plastic guns with plastic bullets!!

  • richard marriott on March 8, 2021

    Yeah cause reusing all this plastic in a marine environment wont add to the microplastics problem??

  • new mb dk2 on May 4, 2021

    Africa will show the way

  • parag patil on June 26, 2021

    If small country like Kenya facing this imagine how our huge nation become a giant dustbin… please do something

  • shivanshu vishwakarma vlogs on July 28, 2021

    please ek like apni maa ki lambi umar ke liye 💘💋💗💝💞💌💟❤💓💜🖤💖❣❣💛😍😇🤩😊😎🏵💮🌸💐

  • Themakos GR Themakos on August 7, 2021


  • Donovan Delaney on October 18, 2021

    The first Plastic Revolution was from 1956 to 1980. We are in a Second Plastic Revolution.

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