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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). We generate so much trash on a daily basis that it wouldn't be surprising if future generations mistakenly thought that we actually worshipped all the garbage we toss into landfills.
While the temple is no longer standing, the trend of upcycling plastic bottles that inspired the construction shows no signs of slowing down. This is a great idea- if not appropriate for housing, it can be used for other structures in cities, such as raised gardens, walls, bridges and protective barriers! Since it's not going to go away, I would like to see it put to use other than creating landfills, preferably something that doesn't directly contact the body. San Francisco recently saw the unveiling of the Plastiki, a boat constructed of 12,500 2-liter plastic bottles that will be embarking on a 7,500 mile journey to Sydney this spring.
I will try to build it a little different keeping it 30' wide hexagonal shaped, as so to add additional island extensions and floatilla up to it like a bee's honeycomb. I am looking for advice as the the build on this boat as I designing and building it different the Richart Sowa's Spiral island and Joyxsee island. It will still be classed as an Eco boat with safety equipment standards, and the authorities will allow me to build it. My main concern was that I am really looking for a decent material net to net the bottles in, and triple netting the bottles to make sure none come loose and spill out polluting the water ways where I am keeping the island. There are not many people building these floating islands in this inexpensive way and thought I would ask you guys for advise and guidance.
It will start from a single one hexagon centre net bag 3' diameter, with a ring of six hexagon net bags surrounding the centre net bag. I will use string fishing line to stitch the net bags together and use encapsulated resin coated bamboo to also hold and reinforce the net bags together. I will top with an resin encapsulated plywood deck and then cover with earth and sand to establish and grow mangrove trees and reeds and plants balanced out over and on top of the encapsulated decking.
If anyone would like to discuss this project here and may have any useful advice for my project then please feel free to contribute your comments and ideas.
I'm sure I am not the only one thinking about doing this project, but even if you may not want to build your own I would greatly appreciate any advice or constructive comments.
There are stable plastics used in a lot applications, but those cost more, and are not used in packaging. Here is really the bottom line: you make an island out of anything that floats, but if you want to last more than a few years it will take suitable materials that or durable.
May I ask your thoughts on P.V.C pipe, I know it's quite a heavy pipe, or even polyurethane pipe? I remember learning to heat with a hot torch or electric heat gun and crimp the ends to seal the pipe ends. Yes, if there is misinformation about the longevity on these bottles it would be a waste of energy and I don't want to pull the island out after a few years and replace the floatation.
I will be in India so finding the right chemical stable building materials will be important. Would you be able to show me to a link confirming the early breakdown of the PET bottle by any chance, I would like to read it myself too. With the decking I will drill holes for drainage and for the roots of the mangroves to enter into the water, I would epoxy both sides of the plywood and inside the hole as well, but I will take onboard and study your suggestion about the replacement decking. Location: Tasmania,Australia Petros has done a great job explaining the limitations of junk construction. There are a few threads on the subject that brought up interesting options over the last few years.
One was to use the rubbish like bottles etc, as cheap formwork to build a concrete hull with weight saving 'bubbles' as part of the construction. Location: Arlington, WA-USA much of our household trash is various plastic bottles so I have often thought of acceptable usese for them. It seems to me that if you can use the plastic bottles to form up large reinforced pipe or a tub, adding the necessary admixtures to make it more durable, than you can build yourself a more durable floating island using recycled materials. You would have to research what is in the more durable plastics to see if this is even possible.
I've made friends with Richart Sowa on Facebook but I don't want to be negative about his design, he done well to make it in the first place. If I used rings I could heat and bend the pipe to 120 degrees to form the perimeter ring to the hexagon shape.
Location: USA Seems to me you would want something that lasts as long as possible, considering cost, effort, safety, etc. My favorite recycling story is with the rubber of discarded tires being powdered and mixed in with asphalt for paving roads. Location: Huddersfield, UK There's a construction product called bubbledeck, which uses plastic spheres held in the rebar grid to form voids in a concrete slab.
Concrete is strongest in compression mode, and not as good in shear or twist mode, as I understand it.
Originally Posted by Tiny Turnip There's a construction product called bubbledeck, which uses plastic spheres held in the rebar grid to form voids in a concrete slab. I hope it may help other people interested in the subject, so all ideas and techniques can be discussed here rather than talking about one project. Something's work better than others, and there is a big weight difference between the two deferent designs. One thing about ferrocement construction is that it is thin wall construction with a lot more steel per volume that that.
I love the idea but I would suggest concrete blocks that have a polystyrene core, similar to what our yacht club jetties are made of. The plastic bottles that go rotten eventually is great for planting trees and beaches, they have to be replenished regularly but your main construction will be permanent. When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. After looking around quite a bit, here is a PVC Kayak Cart I made from various different designs I found online to suit my needs. This instructible will get you out on the water to fish without pulling too much cash out of your pocket. I recently purchased a 14' aluminum Springcraft with EZ loader trailer from a local classified site for $500.00.
Make your own quick and easy zip tie & ply mini boat - maximum fun for the least money!
Intro, Braving the elements?I'm entering this build for the 'brave the elements' contest as this project has enabled me to get out there and experience the elements in my local environment.
In this part of the Greenland kayak instructable you will be getting the gunwales ready for building the deck of the kayak.
Cut a patch from a shower curtain and use PVC pipe cement from your dad's garage to patch a leak in a PVC air mattress, inflatable boat, dry bag, etc.

I'm starting this topic to both log my experiments and to petition contributions and ideas from others. Spring was just starting to arrive in northern Minnesota, and after a long winter, I was getting anxious to get back out into my little wood shop and start another project.
I have a large canoe (approx 17 feet long and 4 feet wide at the middle) and more often than not I am the only one physically able to move it (at least until the wee ones get bigger MUH HAHAhahahaha). This Instructable will describe the construction of a heavy duty milk jug raft built out of recycled materials and capable of supporting over 700 lbs.
This instructible will teach you how to build a 17 foot long Greenland kayak that will weigh between 30 and 40 pounds and cost less than $300 in materials.
Have you ever stood on the shore and looked out at people boating and wished you could be out there too? Alright, Finally got a little time to do some work so I made new seats and motor box for the back of the boat.
This Instructable documents how I built a small sailing boat out of a mussel float, and advice on how to build your own!
This is a small cabin boat that sleeps 1 person with lots of space and great to have for kids to play in even in the swimming pool.
I tried to build the lightest and cheapest (~150€ total material bill) sail-boat I could come up with.
I've been wanting to combine my two favorite hobbies - woodworking and sailing for a long time, so I thought I'd build a boat. I set out to make a simple rudder that did not cost the typical $250 but at the same time was a bit more effective than a plank on a stick.
Browsing Imgur one day I saw some guys that made a duct tape canoe, and decided to try my hand at the same.
Sometimes I like to get on the water by myself and sometimes a canoe will suit me just fine. Living in Cambridge near the historical Charles river and watching people kayak down it's length, I nurtured a growing desire to be able to interact with the natural structure on my own schedule. Epilog Challenge VI: I have entered this into the Epilog challenge please vote on it if you like the build.
If you are not looking for super-speed, or want a quiet way to fish, get around the lake, or extend your camping trips, an electric canoe is the way to go!
We haven’t really used this dinghy much in Vizag, the water here is just too polluted (and smells of ammonia and sulphur) to want to go sailing in harbour and the beach surf is too rough to risk putting to sea from the beaches. A friend who runs a maker summer camp contacted me a few weeks ago to see if I would be up for doing some welding at her camp. After 8,000 nautical miles and over 130 days of sailing the Plastiki finally reached its destination in Sydney, Australia this morning!
The Plastiki mission started in 2006 when David de Rothschild got the idea for the journey and assembled a crew to help him create the plastic-bottle catamaran. The elated crew stepped ashore in Sydney and vowed to keep their mission alive even now that their journey is over. Not all plastics are created equal — and to prove it, a rakish banking heir and a team of young adventurers have built a huge ship out of plastic. Whether the whole trip is an eco-stunt or something more important, the ship itself is marvelous to behold.
Just down the Embarcadero at Pier 45, Adventure Ecology maintains a community education center. Here, we see the boat-building team working on one of the main panels of Plastiki‘s right pontoon. It’s hard to know how the plastic bottles attached to the sides of the boat will impact her ability to control it.
The design-and-build process for the boat has been arduous and has taken quite a bit longer than expected. While they’ve been blazing their own path with Plastiki, what the designers of the project learn could have other applications. The big I-beam was designed a bit longer than necessary to build some flexibility into the construction of the boat. Plastiki boat-building apprentice Nick Hewlings, aka Fireboy, cuts a sheet of plastic for use on Plastiki. The design reflects the way the whole Plastiki project flirts with the natural, even as it promotes more-sustainable use of a man-made material. The cabin is a bit like a spaceship, Corum said, because it’s designed to survive under almost any conditions.
The boat was supposed to launch back in April, so the build site is busy, bordering on frantic. For example, he’s working with Hewlett-Packard to change the plastics the firm uses in its computers. TweetEmailRecycling has always been a hot topic and despite our best efforts, there are still some people who are just too lazy to do their bit for the environment. This snap of a funky Christmas tree decoration, creatively constructed from shredded plastic bottles, was taken at Tanglin Mall in Singapore.
Serving more than just a decorative purpose, this wall created from plastic drinks bottles is part of a natural sewage treatment area in Scotland, created for the ‘Earthship Fife’ project. Resourceful Argentinean fishermen have fashioned this seaworthy vessel entirely out of recycled material, using plastic bottles to help keep it afloat.
And for the ultimate in recycling chic, why not create an island made from plastic bottles?! Thanks to these resourceful eco-warriors, the hoards of plastic waste currently floating in our oceans is being slowly but surely reduced.
Here on GreenPacks we're passionate about everything that involves a cleaner life on Earth. 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.
That's the idea behind Salzig Design's Temple of Trash, a temporary structure built in a Rotterdam, Netherlands port area as part of the 2007 Follydock Festival. Its constituents (petrochemicals) are endocrine disruptors and it does God-knows-what-else to the human and animal body, not to mention the environment. Built by Adventure Ecology and captained by David de Rothschild, the vessel will brave the waters surrounding the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ in an attempt to bring awareness to the mounting plastic debris floating in our Oceans.
I would like some material with a long underwater life, there will be no U.V light on the fishing net thank goodness, but I am looking for a good strong type net to use. The upside is that you can easily rebuild another one in short order, but that would mean moving all your infrastructure to a new place, and getting rid of the old junk. I have sometimes thought that the ideal material for an 'island' is reinforced concrete, like building a ferro concrete boat.
But your right, there are better long lasting designs to be found for longevity and safety, even if it does cost more. In the past there was talk about a catalyst that could be added upon remelting to decompose plastics after a few years if you wanted to go that route.

So the bubble structure which works well with compression modes for floors, might have to be reinforced with more concrete and rebar (especially at the center area) to hold together when the stress of water oscillations is considered?
I have seen similar blocks in Durban and they have stood up to many years at sea conditions.
I live in a town which is surrounded on three sides by water, in the middle of a river estuary.
You will be shaping them and you will also be marking them for later installation of the deck beams. The hardest decision was to design my own or build from a set of plans that were already available. Problem is, I had one canoe of our own, and a truck, but no canoe rack (and didn't want to drive all the way to the river with a 15 foot canoe hanging out the back). We will show step by step the entire process using materials and techniques proven over many successful rebuilds. This project took me about four days working on and off and in a rush, so there were many corners cut and compromises made. Item's neededHot glue gunWaterproof led strip from ebay12v 6800ah lithium battery The project cost's $40 total.
It's a simple design where the boat sits inside of the loop and stays on by being pushed forward. The camp and canoeists were running into trouble keeping themselves dry while launching and retrieving the boats! Other times the weather is not suitable for a canoe, too windy, too wavy or I just want to cruise the waterways a little more efficiently.
I would use the laser to help me with some really cool projects like laser cut wood objects, led illuminated signs, engraved tile and much much more. When I found out the details, I was definitely up for it: help some kids build a human-powered paddle boat out of recycled materials! He wanted the catamaran and its 8,000 mile journey from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia to help shift the public’s view of plastic. The boat, as well as the voyage it will eventually undertake across the Pacific, is the conceptual child of David de Rothschild, who skirts the line between eco-playboy and serious environmentalist. To prove its seaworthiness, de Rothschild’s Adventure Ecology will be broadcasting live via satellite phones to raise awareness about the problems of plastic in the Pacific. Hulking inside the pier, it looks like a massive boat built from packing tape with two-liter plastic bottles stuck onto its sides. Designed to teach kids about environmental problems, exhibits show the advantages of a recyclable plastics.
Instead, boat builder Omar Bonilla and the rest of the building crew use heat guns to weld the panels together.
The fabric is stacked in a steel press, then taken across San Francisco Bay to Richmond, where it’s baked into solid plastic.
Nathaniel Corum, a designer with the nonprofit organization Architecture for Humanity who helped create the cabin, said that what they’ve learned about working srPET was immediately valuable. Corum, the cabinet designer, said they derived the shape by crossing Buckminster Fuller–style geodesic domes with designs found in nature. Believe it or not, more than 80% of plastic bottles are left unrecycled, and to make matters worse, research has shown that people are suspending their recycling habits even further in the wake of the recent economic downturn.
The venue houses a number of renewable energy and alternative building demonstration projects, as well as a greenhouse made in the same way. Urban clothing and accessories designer, Kosuke Tsumura, created this inventive ensemble by cutting up PET plastic bottles and sewing the pieces back together with translucent nylon thread.
British eco-pioneer, Richart Sowa, set out to construct his own artificial ‘Spiral Island’ in 1998 using nets containing discarded plastic bottles.
The results prove that plastic can indeed be fantastic – who thought plastic recycling could be so cool?
It's true that our lives depend on a greener future, but the change should come from within. 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. The waste-filled walls of the temple are constructed 100 tons of PET bottles pressed into bales! As plastic bottle use continues to grow around the world, don’t be surprised if PET bottle structures become increasingly commonplace. If the 50 knots of wind and rain at the unveiling last Friday, followed by tsunami warnings post-earthquake in Chile the following day, are any indication of what the crew could face on their voyage, we wish them luck! The concrete beams used for bridge construction might give a clue as to what is required for shear (no bubbles), but I notice some bridges still must use steel I beams at certain areas like curves (for twist loads?).
I have to look at the water every time I cross a bridge or pass a lake, and I envy the people I see on the water.
The crew sailed into Sydney to meet a crowd at the Australian National Maritime Museum that had gathered to welcome them — the boat will be moored there on display for a full month. The engineering specs say this material can hold 50,000 pounds of weight per square inch — and if the whole Plastiki thing works out, the material could see more usage in other applications. Tall, bearded, and a self-anointed champion for the environment, he seems like he’d be as comfortable at a Spanish dance club as at a protest. If more of this new material gets used, then Plastiki can be seen as more than an eco-stunt.
Floating in the Caribbean, the mass boasted an impressive two-storey house, solar oven, composting toilet and three beaches, before being destroyed by Hurricane Emily in 2005. We first need to be good stewards to ourselves and then to Mother Nature, not the other way around. 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. Seems to me that the plastic drink bottles would have to be identical in order for the easy and uniform matrix pattern to have a predictable strength in a design purpose. They wouldn't have the bi-dirctional qualities of the sphere- what packing pattern would you need? Probably would be quite heavy even with the plastic spheres pictured in the thickness required to handle the load and stresses. My 25 year warranty PTW landscape timbers only lasted 15 years in contact with soil, don't know if marine plywood would be similar. The company that made them for warranty is long gone- also not even taking into account the cost and trouble of removal, hauling, reassembly, etc.

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