Message in a bottle
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.