He has decided to invest in the idea and now started a non-profit organization that works toward collecting plastic waste in the area and turning them into boats for the fishermen who need it.
As tackling climate change has become the need of the hour, every single measure that we take to save our planet counts. Plastic waste has always been one of the worst enemies of the environment, but this man is making a huge difference by turning a lot of plastic waste into canoes, reports Good News Network.
This young man from Cameroon has been cleaning up the mess and pollution of his city by making the plastic bottles into functioning canoes for fishermen. Ismaël Essome Ebone was inspired to build these 'Eco boats' back in 2011 when he was a student.
This young inventor saw a huge number of plastic bottles floating across some passing floodwaters after a thunderstorm when he took shelter from the weather.
He realized the number of plastic bottles he saw floating was rather alarming and he decided to build a boat out of the plastic bottles he collected from the town.
Ismaël waited for the storm to pass so that he can try it out and much to his delight, the boats worked absolutely fine, pleasantly surprising the fishermen.
Seeing the results, he decided to invest in the idea and started a non-profit organization named Madiba & Nature that works towards collecting plastic waste in the area and turning them into boats for the fishermen who need it.
The non-profit organization started doing really well and recently, Ismaël installed the nation’s first-ever EcoBin for collecting, sorting, and recycling waste materials.
The Facebook page of the organization 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.” They are also looking for volunteers, so if you are interested, you can check out the details here.
In a conversation with Al Jazeera, Ismaël said, "The pollution affected the river and now you cannot catch fish because the fishing area is full of plastic. So I thought to help not only clean the rivers but also to provide boats because it's not easy in the villages for someone to buy a simple boat, so now we build cheaper eco-boats that could be useful."
To date, he has built over 37 boats which have been made out of 24,000 bottles from Douala's rivers.
He added, "We want our city to be the example in Africa. We aim to supply eco-bins in the areas of Douala, all the corners in front of all the shops, the supermarket, the school, so it will be easy to come and pick up the waste and recycle it. That is the vision."