Recycling Awareness Design Innovation Kalamata Association

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.