A floating island created on plastic waste
A view of the artificial island made with recycled plastic in the Abidjan lagoon, in the Ivory Coast
Million plastic bottles float on water and pollute the seas of the planet. The French entrepreneur in the computer industry, Éric Becker, saw in this waste the possibility of transforming it into an ecological resource: material to be recycled to create an artificial floating island on which to build a completely “green” mini resort that will become an attraction Tourism. A visionary idea that he managed to realize in Africa, in the lagoon near Abidjan, the most important city in the Ivory Coast where he moved to give legs to his new venture. A “green” initiative that hopes to be an example to others.
The artificial island made by Becker by recycling plastic bottles, approximately one thousand square meters, was built using plastic cages filled with hundreds of thousands of bottles and other plastic waste collected in the area. The surface obtained was covered with wood and light concrete. Then, a mini resort made of straw huts was built on the artificial island. A circular wooden bridge, 260 meters long, welcomes visitors’ boats and gives a ring shape to the tourist complex. On the artificial island of Becker there are also a swimming pool, a bar-restaurant, two bungalows which are two hotel rooms. Electricity is produced by solar panels and a generator. Drinking water comes through pipes that connect the artificial island to the mainland. But the ecological project has its limits: waste water is discharged into the lagoon.
Initially, Éric Becker wanted to build a catamaran, but “studying the construction and buoyancy of the boat, I discovered the Abidjan lagoon and imagined the island,” Becker told the France Press agency, reported by Le Figaro. The French entrepreneur has hoped that his invention will be resumed, which would make it possible to clean the seas of plastic waste that would be recycled in a “green” way. “The beauty of this idea”, concluded Becker, “is that it transforms something negative, the pollution caused by plastic bottles, into something positive”.
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