"We have to help create awareness to help inform communities to take plastic
pollution seriously and help remove plastics from the oceans where they have
outnumbered fish," said Mqulwana.
She emphasized that African countries must
move beyond sustainable programs and begin to deal with the waste right from the
"Single use plastics are no longer useful in Africa and have to be eradicated
forthwith," said Mqulwana, calling for the inclusion of private sector in the
fight against the use of plastic bags in Africa.
The envoy urged governments to develop initiatives to benefit communities by
helping reduce poverty.
"We have to empower communities to relate with ocean by coming up with
innovative ideas," said Mqulwana.
She requested environmental experts to start simplifying the technical
terminology to ensure all citizens understand what they mean to enable them to
take necessary actions against plastic bags.
Dipesh Pabari, co-founder of the dhow, that is nicknamed FlipFlopi, said it
was created to help solve plastic pollution in the world.
The dhow serves as a call for communities living along the oceans to rise up
and help clean up the oceans, said Pabari.
He said that the nine-meter sailing dhow that is made from 10 tonnes of
discarded plastics has been built by a team calling for plastic revolution to
stem the flow of plastic waste dumped into the world’s ocean.
Pabari said that the dhow has unique components like a life jackets and a
Flipflopi, the world’s first 100 percent recycled plastic dhow, will be
embarking on its 500 kilometer maiden voyage from Lamu, Kenya to Stone Town in
Tanzania’s Zanzibar this week, visiting schools, communities and government
The expedition that is supported by the UN Environment’s CleanSeas program is
being used to share solutions and change mindsets along its route before it
arrives in time for the upcoming Sauti za Busara music festival in Zanzibar.