On 13 July, the city of Bristol, in the UK, gained a new weapon in the battle against the plastic debris polluting its waterways. A 12-seater punt made from 99% recycled plastic that will be permanently based in Bristol Harbour, has been donated to education consultants Sustainable Hive. Funded equally by Bunzl and Danone UK & Ireland, and launched by environmental charity Hubbub, the new ‘Seacycler’ will be used to take local people out on ‘plastic fishing’ trips, to raise awareness among the public and to educate local schoolchildren and businesses about the impact of litter on the environment and the value of recycling plastic.
“Seacycler will not only provide young people in Bristol with the opportunity to learn about some of the challenges we face, but also give them the opportunity to play their part and help keep our waterways clean,” explained James Pitcher, Head of Sustainability at Bunzl plc. “That’s why we’re delighted to be supporting this engaging initiative.”
Seacycler is made from single-use plastic and is only the sixth of its kind in the world. The craftsman tasked with building the boat is expert boat-builder Mark Edwards MBE, who also built the Queen’s barge ‘Gloriana’. The design is based on a traditional punt, but is made from Plaswood, an alternative to wood made entirely from recycled plastic, some of which was repurposed from packaging recycled by employees at Danone’s UK offices. The vessel is powered by a rechargeable electric motor.