Can you build a ship from recycled plastic waste?

Posted On July 24, 2017

You can build a ship made of recycled plastic waste!

The ship pictured is a sculpture made entirely of recycled plastic. One environmental charity has unveiled the 30ft war ship highlighting how much plastic waste is dumped on our shores.

Many of the bottles and plastics used in the sculpture could have been safely recycled, however, many of them were found littered around the country.

Where can you see it?

The sculpture has been positioned on a Cornish beach to highlight a study which found; 1 in 4 of us are totally unaware that not all plastics are recyclable. Many of us don’t check for the symbols embossed on plastics including electrical goods and food packaging.

A throwaway society

The boat is made out of 5 tonnes of plastic which was all found littered in the UK. Everything the boat is made from has the potential to be recycled. The data also showed that 1/3rd of British people throw away, rather than recycle more than three plastic bottles on a weekly basis.

Although the ship represents the plastic waste around our shores, it’s also notable that globally we generate around 40 million tonnes of electronic waste every year. Unfortunately, only 12.5% of that is recycled and 85% of our e-waste ends up in landfills and incinerators.

The future

With the rise in the number of people living on the planet and the advances in technology, it’s no surprise that there are approximately 300 million computers that go into production annually. The production figures are expected to rise by a staggering 8% year on year.

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