A boat made entirely of plastic waste will set sail across the Indian Ocean this week to raise awareness for the severe plastic pollution crisis plaguing our oceans.

The multi-coloured ‘Flipflopi’ was built using discarded rubbish collected from  Kenyan beaches. 

The 30 ft (nine metre) long sailing boat, made up of 30,000 flipflops, will set sail from Lamu to Kenya as part of a two-week expedition – a distance of 125 miles (500km).

The crew plan to stop off at communities along the way to ‘change people’s mindsets’ about single-use plastic.

The idea was spearheaded by a design expert from Northumbria University’s School of Design to highlight the potential for reuse of these harmful materials. 

Simon Scott-Harden, who is part of the team behind the Flipflopi – a traditional ‘dhow’ sailing boat made from plastic waste – collected the items from Kenya’s beaches and towns. 

Mr Scott-Harden, a senior lecturer in design for industry, used his product and material design skills to help bring the sailing boat to life. 

The expedition is to encourage people to recycle plastic waste through the hashtag #PlasticRevolution. 

The team hopes it will help stem the flow of 12 million tonnes of plastics into the oceans each year and highlight the potential for reusing refuse. 

The colourful vessel, which was launched last year, has previously only sailed in coastal waters.

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