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The world’s first boat made from Plaswood, a 100% recycled plastic building product manufactured by RPC bpi recycled products, has been launched from the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre in London, to raise awareness of the growing levels of plastic pollution in the UK’s rivers.
Named ‘Poly-Mer’, the 12-seater punt was commissioned by environmental charity Hubbub and built by Mark Edwards MBE – who built the Queen’s barge, ‘Gloriana’.
Poly-Mer’s build combines the use of modern and ancient materials. The main component is Plaswood – a high performance lumber made from 100% recycled plastic that is impervious to the influence of water and therefore will not rot, splinter, crack or degrade with age. Unlike conventional wood, traditionally used in boat building, Plaswood requires no annual maintenance, staining or painting.
Following Poly-Mer’s launch, the vessel will be used for ‘plastic fishing’ trips by local school children as well as being accessible to the public and businesses too. All the recyclable material collected will be used to build more polymer boats, creating a fleet of litter-collecting punts across the UK.