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Bottles2boats (b2b) Innovative Recycling Program

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The first Optimist dinghy sailboat made of recycled plastic bottles

At a Glance

Bottles2boats or b2b promotes The Educational Circle of Recycling by transforming plastic bottles into sailboats! Kids and the community help us collect bottles, slot them into the playground carousel, shred their own plastic, build small sailboats and of course, sail them along the Mediterranean Sea. From bottles… to boats!

We promote a cycle of (1) educational awareness, (2) physical activity, (3) innovative recycling, (4) upcycled equipment and (5) reward for participation.

Plastic bottles -> Shredded plastic cords -> Woven plastic net -> Optimist dinghy sailboat

Sailing our first Optimist sailboat in Kalamata, Greece

Our Story

We see them everywhere, everyday, with everyone – and the problem is clear: there is too much plastic! Before we get completely overrun by plastic waste, we’re turning things around to make plastic work for us. The big problem is not only pollution caused by plastic products, but also the lack of physical exercise in youth and the community. So how do we combine both these challenges into something fun and innovative?

Bottles2boats or b2b is a joint project of K.A.NE. (The Social Youth Development) and R.A.D.I.Kal.A. (Recycling Awareness Design Innovation Kalamata Association) – two organizations working to improve the city of Kalamata, Greece. In June 2018, the pilot project D.R.E.A.M. constructed the first Optimist dinghy sailboat made of recycled plastic bottles. It was tested and launched into the Mediterranean Sea, proving the success of transforming “bottles to boats.”

Bottles2boats or b2b is the new, improved program with a larger vision and impact towards a more sustainable community.

Our new project

Now we need your help to finance our new machine, the playground carousel-shredder. We’re using recycled metal and constructing a playground swing carousel to be enjoyed by children in schools and public places – with a corresponding shredder and extruding mechanism to produce plastic cords from recycled plastic bottles. It is a fun, innovative way of recycling for everyone.

Our new project, the playground carousel-shredder

But what makes this campaign unique? This is not an ordinary recycling program. We’re promoting the Educational Circle of Recycling with its five-fold aim that uses a corresponding five-step boat-building process. It seeks to achieve: 1) Educational awareness by the collection of plastic bottles 2) Physical activity by the shredding into plastic cords/strips 3) Innovative recycling by weaving plastic cords on a loom to create plastic nets 4) Upcycled equipment by building boats from woven plastic nets, and 5) Reward participation by sailing the completed boats for training or
leisure purposes.

How can you help?
A little help goes a long way! We’d be grateful for any amount you’re willing to donate. Please get in touch with us here on our website or on our Facebook page:

Bottles2boats Exhibit (Aiolos Sailing Club)

Regional Sailing Championship of Southern Greece 2019

/Περιφεριακό Πρωτάθλημα Ιστιοπλοΐας Νοτίου Ελλάδος 2019

Aiolos Sailing Club, Kalamata, Greece 22-25 March 2019 /Ναυτικός Αθλητικός Σύλλογος ο Αίολος, Καλαμάτα, Ελλάδα 22-25 Μαρτίου 2019

Bottles2boats, an innovative educational recycling program, was presented at the Regional Sailing Championship of Southern Greece 2019 at Aiolos Sailing Club, Kalamata, Greece.

This program literally transforms plastic bottles to sailboats.

Bottles2boats promotes “The Educational Circle of Recycling” with a 5-fold aim and corresponding 5-step boat-building process. The exhibit showcased all 5 steps/stages: 1) Collection of plastic bottles, 2) Shredding of bottles on hand-held shredder and shredder-bicycle, 3) Weaving of plastic cords on customised loom, 4) Building of boat hull with plastic net, 5) Completed sailboat.

Everyone was encouraged to try the various methods of shredding plastic bottles as well as weaving on the customized loom. The interactive exhibit attracted children and adults alike, helping to promote “The Educational Circle of Recycling” – 1) educational awareness, 2) physical activity, 3) innovative recycling, 4) upcycled equipment and 5) reward participation.


The first Optimist dinghy sailboat made of recycled plastic bottles
Close-up of boat construction, with the boat hull (interior) made of plastic nets from recycled plastic bottles.
Bottles2boats poster showcasing the 5-step boat-building process
Bottles2boats is a joint project of K.A.NE. (The Social Youth Development) and R.A.D.I.Kal.A. (Recycling Awareness Design Innovation Kalamata Association).
The plastic shredder-bicycle that shreds plastic bottles into flakes, which are to be made into plastic sheets as another type of base material for other creations.

Press conference at the Aiolos Sailing Club, Kalamata, Greece.
K.A.NE. (The Social Youth Development) Director, Filaretos Vourkos, explains the project Bottles2boats.
Plastic nets from recycled plastic bottles, are the base material in making the Optimist dinghy sailboat.

Bottles2boats exhibit showcasing the plastic shredders (bicycle & hand-held shredder), custom loom and sailboat.
Youth trying out plastic shredder bicycle.
Exhibit with poster of Bottles2boats process and stages of construction.
Teaching kids to weave plastic cords (from bottles) into a plastic net.
Sailboat on display with team members.
Exhibit showing Optimist dinghy sailboat and custom loom.
The bicycle-shredder: slot bottle into bin –> pedal –> shred plastic
Environmental awareness starts from the youth.
The bicycle-shredder in action at the exhibit.

A joyful recycling carousel!

New Radikala project, a recycling carousel for schools and public parks, beaches and playgrounds, is being developed. A first prototype is estimated to be in use this coming summer. If your school or city is interested, please don’t hesitate to contact us for for more details.