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Young Cameroonian Man Builds Canoes for Fishermen in Need from Wasted Plastic Bottles

After the boats were well received, they are also looking to make bins out of plastic waste for disposal, sorting and recycling of waste.

With the threat of global warming looming over our heads, every step to help save the planet matters and plastic is one of our worst enemies. In an attempt to recycle and reuse discarded plastic bottles, a man from Cameroon has turned the bottles into boats

Ismaël Essome Ebone was first inspired to build his “EcoBoats” as a student back in 2011. He had just taken shelter from a thunderstorm blowing through his neighborhood when he saw several plastic bottles floating by on some passing floodwaters.

He then built a boat from plastic bottles collected from around the town and waited to test it until another storm blew in. To the astonishment of the fishermen watching from the shore, Ebone’s boat worked like a dream.

He then invested all of his money into launching his nonprofit Madiba & Nature: a charity dedicated to collecting plastic waste from around the region and turning it into boats for ecotourism and fishermen in need.


Thanks to the success of his venture, the Cameroonian organization recently installed the nation’s first ever EcoBin for collecting, sorting, and recycling waste materials.

“The EcoBin makes it easier to collect plastic bottles in a smart way and avoid polluting rivers and the ocean in Kribi and Douala!” reads the nonprofit’s Facebook page. “From plastic waste to EcoBoat and EcoBin, the revolution is on the way.”



Written by How Africa

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