Sustainability and plastic welding are part of the Leister DNA. This is one of the reasons why we support the innovative “Flipflopi” project in Kenya with our know-how and assist in building the next sailing ship from 100% recycled plastic. Learn more in this blog post.
However, when flip-flops end up in our oceans in vast quantities, joining plastic waste and washing up on the beaches, the fun stops. Because plastic pollution threatens our waters and everything that lives in them. And this pollution must be tackled.
Constructed from the resulting plastic parts, the dhow is clad in 30,000 flip-flops, the most common item found during beach cleanups. Hence, the apt name "Flipflopi".
In the video you can see Simon while he talks about the new boat project and the hurdles of recycling the different plastics in Africa. This was followed by an exchange with Reto about the advantages and disadvantages of the materials. Especially the UV resistance of boats - that's why most plastic boats are black - is a challenge in boat building.
In this video, Rachid Benlakhouy, Sales Manager Leister International AG, talks about why he finds this project so interesting and why Leister is involved in it.