Garbage Boats

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By Jane Bauer

I love this idea! A contest to construct an ecological raft with recycled materials was held in Puerto Escondido on June 10th, 2017. This event was organized by the Escuela Preparatoria Federal por Cooperación Puerto Escondido, with the objective of creating awareness about the damage that is being caused by garbage to the environment, mainly plastic wastes. It also challenged students to put into action knowledge acquired in the classroom and was an effective team building exercise.

This is the seventh year that this event has taken place. Seven boats made of plastic containers, canvas, sacks and unicel, among other materials, competed. Awards were given for design, recycling and speed.


  • Best Design: Team Marin
  • Best use of recycled Materials: Sensei8
  • Speed: Miami’s 30

If you are interested in stealing this brilliant and fun idea for a Huatulco activity, please keep me posted! Maybe something involving wine bottles … 🙂

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