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Boat Made 100% from Trash Sets Sail from Taiwan

Posted By Brit Liggett On June 10, 2011 @ 7:36 pm In Green Transportation,News,Recycling initiatives | 1 Comment

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A boat made from 100% trash set sail from Taiwan this week with recycled [1] plastic bottles keeping it afloat and old advertising sails pushing it along. The vessel, dubbed the Polli-Boat after its flotation device — a product called Polli Bricks [2] — is the brainchild of Miniwiz [3], a Taipei-based sustainable energy [4] development company and is meant to call attention to the giant issue of marine debris — if you don’t know about the plastic gyres yet read about them here [5].


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The Polli Boat’s other pieces are made from a wood-plastic composite, waste canvas and a renewable energy system that consists of wind and solar power generation. The trimaran — meaning the boat has three hulls — was first debuted in the EcoARK [6], a building made entirely from Polli Bricks that was built by Miniwiz in Taipei.

The concept of the Polli-Boat is using 100 percent trash,” Arthur Huang, the founder and managing director of Miniwiz Sustainable Energy Development Ltd, told Reuters. “It’s being propelled only by renewable resources — obviously sailing, that’s using wind. The other is solar energy with six modules of soft solar panels.” The boat was entered into a competition sponsored by National Geographic meant to raise awareness on World Ocean Day — which was yesterday — and other boats in the competition had clever designs to bring attention to rising water levels — a floating city — and endangered animals — a bird.

+ Miniwiz [3]

+ Polli Boat [7]

Via Reuters [8]


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[1] recycled: http://inhabitat.com/recycling-initiatives/

[2] Polli Bricks: http://inhabitat.com/polli-bricks-by-miniwiz/

[3] Miniwiz: http://www.miniwiz.com/

[4] sustainable energy: http://inhabitat.com/energy

[5] read about them here: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=%225+gyres%22

[6] EcoARK: http://inhabitat.com/ecoark-pavilion-made-from-1-5-million-plastic-bottles/

[7] + Polli Boat: http://www.miniwiz.com/projects/polli-boat

[8] Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/09/us-taiwan-environment-boat-idUSTRE7580QD20110609?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2Fenvironment+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Environment%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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