One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Boat

A boat built from recycled materials aims to raise environmental awareness.

June 15, 2011


“ForEver”, a green vessel constructed entirely from recycled materials, sails after it maiden launch on World Oceans Day in Taipei June 8, 2011. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

Wow, what a piece of junk! While most would take that as an insult, managing director Arthur Huang and his staff at Miniwiz Sustainable Energy would thank you.

Last Wednesday, World Ocean Day, they launched their 23-foot sailboat, Polli-Boat which was made from 100 percent recycled trash. The main flotation is from plastic bottles that were melted down and shaped into plastic bricks. The deck is made from waste canvas and a recycled wood-plastic composite.

They bring new meaning to the term power of advertising as they used recycled advertising banners for their sails.


“The concept of Polli-Boat is that it was to be built using 100 percent trash,” says Haung. “It’s being propelled by only renewable resources.”

When there isn’t enough wind to sail, Polli-Boat uses it outboard, which is powered by six solar panels.

The building of Polli-Boat was sponsored by National Geographic in Taiwan, which hosted a competition to find the most innovative boat built by recycled materials. It was one of the 10 featured out of nearly 200 boats built from materials that entered the competition.


Polli-Boat is now touring around Taiwan to raise awareness about the dangers of pollution.


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