Mes­sage in a bot­tle

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Four kayaks, a hand­ful of pad­dlers and a whole lot of plas­tic.

The in­trepid en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­ven­tur­ers be­hind The Plas­tic Bot­tle Kayak are pre­par­ing for their next ex­pe­di­tion – to build and pad­dle a fleet of kayaks made from thou­sands of plas­tic bot­tles (and more than a dash of Kiwi in­ge­nu­ity) through Abel Tas­man Na­tional Park from March 22 to 24.

The group is on a mission to raise aware­ness of plas­tic pol­lu­tion in New Zealand and ed­u­cate oth­ers on the im­por­tance of sus­tain­abil­ity through their ad­ven­tures.

Plas­tic Bot­tle Kayak co-team leader Florence Reynolds says it is about prov­ing that cre­ativ­ity, in­no­va­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion are the bet­ter op­tions.

‘‘Our busi­ness-as-usual ap­proach is destroying our fu­ture.

‘‘If a group of youth can run an adventure that seems im­pos­si­ble and uses waste with­out gen­er­at­ing any, then we are surely able to make easy changes in our per­sonal lives, com­mu­ni­ties, and po­lit­i­cal are­nas to make sure we have a live­able world for our gen­er­a­tion and the next.’’

Mo­tat is sup­port­ing the project lead­ers by show­cas­ing their work as they fi­nalise the four kayaks needed for the ex­pe­di­tion. Vis­i­tors to the mu­seum can watch the crew in ac­tion while they de­sign and build their fleet.

Lo­cal celebri­ties are also get­ting on board in­clud­ing singer­song­writer Jamie McDell who is per­son­ally get­ting in­volved with the ini­tia­tive.

Based around this project, The Plas­tic Bot­tle Kayak team has also de­signed an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme in con­junc­tion with En­vi­roschools.

Plas­tic fan­tas­tic: Luke Gille­spie and Laura Over­hill in their plas­tic bot­tle boat.

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