The Flipflopi expedition boat was built with plastic waste collected on the beaches.
From March 4 to 30, three members of an audiovisual agency from Toulouse will travel around Lake Victoria, in Africa, on a boat built for two years with plastic waste collected on the beaches.
The objective of the Flipflopi project is to meet residents, schoolchildren and business leaders to advocate for positive solutions to reduce plastic and promote a circular economy.
The people of Toulouse will publish video content, photos and texts from their journey in order to raise public awareness of environmental issues.
It's a funny boat, with a colorful hull, on which Louise Bosser, Elian Perrot and Loïc Forques, from the Toulouse audiovisual agency Umber, will sail.
From March 4 to 30, these three young people from the Pink City will travel across Lake Victoria, in Africa, on a boat built mainly from plastic waste.
The objective of this expedition, called the Flipflopi, is to meet residents, schoolchildren and business leaders to advocate for positive solutions to reduce plastic and promote a circular economy.
Video, photo and text content
The three apprentice sailors will thus sail on Lake Victoria, the most polluted in the world, through Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
“The ten-meter-long boat was built by a project team in Kenya for two years,” explains Louise Bosser.
The hull of the boat is, for example, made with flip-flops picked up on the beach.
There had already been a Flipflopi expedition two years ago but in West Africa and on a smaller boat ”.
The people of Toulouse will publish video content, photos and texts from their journey, which will be shared on social networks and their agency's website in order to raise public awareness of environmental issues.
Nearly 300 schools have already registered to follow their expedition.
A project supported by the UN
The Flipflopi project is notably supported by the French Development Agency and the UN environmental program, which financed part of its construction.
In total, around fifteen people will make up the crew, including the French navigator Eric Loizeau.
“By meeting African actors on these subjects of plastic pollution and plastic reuse, we want to put pressure on political decision-makers,” emphasizes Louise Bosser.
We are not waiting for their government to act, but to show that there are people who take the issue in hand and spark debate ”.
The expedition has 21 stopovers and 895 kilometers of navigation.
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