Cameroon man uses waste plastic to build boats for other fishermen in need

This wonderful news comes to us from Cameroon.

A very innovative young man from Cameroon has been tackling pollution in the city by converting plastic bottles into boats.

Ismael Essome Ebone was initially inspired to build his “Ecoboats” when he was a student back in 2011. He had happened to take shelter from a thunderstorm blowing through his neighborhood and that was when he saw a lot of plastic bottles floating by on some of the passing floodwaters.

Ismael then built a boat from plastic bottles collected from around the town and was waiting to test it until another storm blew in. To the sheer astonishment of the fishermen watching from the shore, Ismael’s boat worked to perfection.

Ismael then invested every cent of his money into launching his own nonprofit which goes by the name of Madiba&Nature. It is a charity that is dedicated to collecting plastic waste from around the region and turning it into boats for both ecotourism as well as fishermen in need.

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

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

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