The Rain Tree Lodge is located directly adjacent to the Colo-i-Suva national rainforest and park outside of Fiji’s capital, Suva.
The boat is composed of modular sections of plastic bottles glued together with a layer of foam underneath to further aid in flotation, and some plastic sheeting for the seats and floor deck. Please note that gratuitous links to your site are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. This is so fabulous, my friend and I are collecting bottles for this very purpose, to paddle around the Hamilton Lake (New Zealand). Industrial engineer Federico Blanc had a dream to float down Argentina’s gorgeous Parana River on a recycled kayak, and his vision recently came to fruition! 600 littered plastic bottles were used by Tom Davies, a New Zealand native living in Fiji, to create this boat. With so many options out there, disposable plastic bottles should really be avoided unless absolutely necessary. JUNK raft, made from 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessina airplane, drifted 2,600 miles in 88 days from California to Hawaii to bring attention to the plague of plastic in the world’s oceans. On August 20, 2003 the Bottle Rocket launched from Lake Itasca, Minnesota for a 2000-mile voyage to the Gulf of Mexico. In early 2005 the idea to cross the Pacific Ocean on a raft of plastic bottles began to take place. Students from the Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) built a series of boats with me.
Two bicycles and a Barbie doll head with the face chewed out, balanced on 4 milk crates filled with plastic bottles. Turning the Tide and Sons of Norway were the two groups that collected 5,000 water bottles, 2 pallets, 50 polyester shirts and 3 pairs of crutches to build my largest plastic boat yet. The Chattahoochee River Nature Center invited me to build a boat for Earth Day in 2007, then race it down the river. Anna Cummins and I built the Potomac Attack with 20 high school students gathered to attend a youth conference organized by the Weather Channel in November 2007. The students of Greens Farms Academy in Connecticut collected 200 2-liter bottles to build a catamaran boat, with two toilet seats as chairs for the teacher and I to sit on. Walking on water isn’t as hard as you think, as long as you’ve got 50 plastic bottles duct-taped under each water ski. You are going to need 400 used bicycle tires and you’ll need to buy them from a nearby village.
Thoroughly tar the outside of the boat, plugging any larger gaps with discarded slippers, pieces of beach towel or any similarly coarse cloth you can find. Make large circuits with the longer tubes, and put them one on top of the other on the back end of the boat. Well, it seems this young man from Lamu (Kenya) had a similar idea and is in the process of building his own plastic bottle boat. I was in Lamu recently and came across this man who was making a boat out of plastic bottles and old slippers. It is very ingenious, but would you ride on a boat not made out of an homogeneous tree or industrially built?


I remember growing up in Senegal we used to play with old tires, build small cars and trucks with recycled cans or recycled plastic bottles. I think it is in our DNA to create something out of nothing in Africa and as well in America.
It is a great pleasure for me to visit your blog and to enjoy your excellent articles here. Please, if you have better innovations from Lamu (and it’s not the only one we’ve covered from there!), then share them with us! The boat is built out of plastic bottles (including Fiji water bottles!) and a layer of foam, held together with glue. Tom, the owner of the lodge, built the boat earlier this year with the help of his employees. The boat building crew is also experimenting with a sandwich-style floating platform that could be used by farmers in Fiji to float their crops down river to the market.
Blanc collected dozens of plastic soda bottles and glued them together to create his fantastic blue kayak.
I am sure LOADS of people would love to build one of these and help save the planet and have a lot of fun at the same time.
With the help of students from the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, California, we collected 800 2-liter bottles and made two aluminum pontoons. It was too top-heavy for a longer voyage, but the students of ECHS launched the Barbie Chopper in Ballona Creek to everyone’s amusement as they flipped over and over again. The Sons of Norway insisted on a Viking ship, therefore plastic bottles were fashioned into a dragonhead for the bow.
We used 200 2-liter bottles, a pair of crutches, and two satellite dishes to create a stable catamaran.
2009, the first annual Lake Erie Boat Float? featured a dozen different plastic bottle boats, including the Cola Hoga, made from 200 2-liter bottles, a satellite dish, crutches, one pallet, plastic bags for rope and lots of duct tape. Merchant ships would arrive, dock near the city’s minarets and palm trees, and leave carrying ivory, mangrove wood and slaves.
She is built from plastic, tires, and nails; there is canvas, also, and I use tar to cover the holes.
There will also be a toilet, a place where people can relax and eat, and another captain’s room. Thread string vertically through each layer and attach the whole thing to the hull so it doesn’t blow away. Innovations that are in use, that are employing people, innovations funded by profitable, sustainable businesses!
It may look dainty, but surprisingly the boat can remain afloat supporting three large Fijian men as they paddle around in it.
Thinking that David de Rothschild and the Plastiki would be making a stop through Suva, the team had the boat all ready to welcome the world-famous plastic bottle boat.
The Rain Tree Lodge’s owner hopes that his experiments and designs can be used by Fijians to make use of the many plastic bottles being discarded in the country. Simple, strong and eco-friendly, this boat can carry up to 2 people plus a cooler for when the rafters get hungry.


This didn’t travel very far on water, but instead was driven around Alaska to discuss the problems of throwaway plastics. The idea to use netting for pontoons rather than metal-framed boxes for the ocean-crossing plastic Kontiki was decided.
I led the race for the first 20 minutes thanks to a 20-minute lead, and then came in last 2 hours later. While crossing the Potomac River, under the national capital, we decided to cross the Pacific in the summer of 2008. The Garbarino Barge was built from a wooden pallet, pink plastic tarp, 200 random bottles, and two tennis ball nets to make the pontoons. Students from Medina High School took first place for speed with their streamlined, saran-wrapped pontoon rocket. Normally what I do is get home, separate the bottles (plastic, aluminum, and glass) and leave them in the alley for the salvagers. Then, a century ago, the old trade began to decline, before being gradually replaced by a new one: tourism. Now I am the first person to make this in Africa, maybe all of the world – this plastic boat.
Weave them together with string, tie the sides to your boat and support the center with a string attached to a driftwood frame.
I think that you paid much attention for those articles, as all of them make sense and are very useful. The owner of the Rain Tree Lodge claims that this is be Fiji’s first plastic bottle boat and he hopes this boat will inspire other Fijians to reuse materials in their personal lives. Unfortunately, the Plastiki didn’t stop in Suva, but they still make use of the boat on the resorts lake next to the restaurant.
During this voyage, a plastic bottle rafting expedition across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii was decided. Using aluminum crutches for oars, I paddled the Cola Kayak from the San Fernando Valley to the LA Harbor. Bottles come in all shapes and sizes, the #1 is the Kirkland plastic water bottle, which I figure I would need 400-6oo bottles to make a boat.
Growing up in Lamu, Mansoor, now 31, watched as visitors arrived with money and left behind their trash. If you put wood in water and plastic in water, plastic floats 100 percent, but wood floats 50 percent. This is the cheapest, at 50 Ksh (US$0.60) a block, because the shark oil makes it smell so bad.
Then, one day, he was looking at the discarded plastic along the shoreline and had a revelation: this was a resource, and with it, he would build something everyone in Lamu needed.



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