With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts. From trash to toy boat; a guide on how to make a working to sail boat from household recyclables. You will need 2 plastic water bottles, cardboard, chopsticks, 2 cardboard tubes(from toilet paper), tape, scissors, and a marker.
Secure the 2 side pieces and back to the corresponding sides of the base by taping it down to the top and bottom. Place the 2 front pieces together so that they meet at an angle with the taller sides in front.
Now that they are taped on the boat, tape all of the side pieces together by pressing the corners together with tape. Gently place the base of the ship onto the taped water bottles, so that the point of the bow is in between the caps. Lace a chopstick through the holes of 2 cardboard tube pieces, so that the pointed side is away from them.
Secure the chopstick to the bow by placing on the center point, and taping it down along the angle of the front. 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).
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For three months, the five friends shaped and welded scrap metal to form a rigid frame before fitting it out with nearly 1,000 green plastic bottles.
They spent about $500 on their creation, a four-meter vessel two meters wide that now flies the Palestinian flag. Forty-four-year-old Rahul Gandhi, out of sight since the budget session of parliament began on February 23, returned after 56 days amid intense speculation regarding his whereabouts. Europe is a significant export market for settlement agricultural products, and some products are exported to the US. Calling Modi by his first name Narendra, Obama recalled that when he came to Washington, they visited the memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. At Inhabitat we’ve brought you some terrific examples of recycled aircraft here, here, here and here.
We need more boat-homes designed to be like this and larger to carry our homes & communities around! 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! You can make the body of the boat with a recycled, cut-up milk or juice carton, which is easy to cut, water-proof and paintable (although mine are not painted here).
Gabriel from California sent me this wonderful picture of his daughter and her science fair project about pop pop boats.
Here is an interesting article that describes pulsating heat pipes (PHP) which incorporate the same principles that make pop pop boats work. 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. These objects were designed to be thrown away but they must now be revisited with an eye toward reuse, recycling or recombination.


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. 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 articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The benefits of this are two-fold: less consumption of natural resources during the manufacturing of something new, and less garbage in our landfills. Simple, strong and eco-friendly, this boat can carry up to 2 people plus a cooler for when the rafters get hungry.
In either case the engine is the same, made from a cut-up aluminum soft drink can and drinking straws.
You can see other people's projects (and add yours if you send a picture) in the GALLERY OF POP POP BOATS. 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.
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