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The Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge

"We're upcycling (used) plastic bottles into boats and then recycling"

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Be part of a world record!

Attempt: "the most plastic bottle boats launched simultaneously, at multiple locations" (and then recycled)

Young people in school today will bear the brunt of the future environmental impact of inadequately managed plastic. This Challenge will develop awareness of the environmental impact of plastic through a Guinness World Record attempt using plastic bottles to make model boats.

Model Boat making is an activity already used by schools in Key Stage One to teach "floating and sinking". We want to encourage schools to look beyond the core curriculum at the environmental impact of plastic, using plastic bottle boats as a platform to develop plastic educational projects across all years of a school.  

Calling all teachers...

Sign up and host a world record at your school for the Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge (PBBC). Join us as we simultaneously unite schools all over the world in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record.

Please Note: 100% of plastic used in this challenge will then be recycled... obviously!

 The Challenge

Latest Schools

Ashlands Church of England first school

William pearse
3 months 3 weeks ago

St Francis Catholic and Church of England Primary Academy

Keith Hockney
3 months 3 weeks ago

The Hawthorns School

Lizzie Bruce
3 months 3 weeks ago

Pipers Corner School

Dr Annie Bower
4 months 2 days ago

Building a hub of plastic education teaching resources


Clearly one of the fundamental elements of the PBBC is delivering education to both young people and adults.  To support all challenge participants, the Plastic Education team have generated a central directory of freely available resources to be used ‘as is’ or as a platform from which to inspire your own team’s planning.  Anyone can contribute new lesson plans to the hub and become a part of the Plastic Education community. 

You can join our team by sending us your lesson plans.   

Our goal is to achieve an exciting and dynamic spread of learning resources to cover all abilities in all year groups across the primary and secondary education sector. These new resources will focus primarily on understanding the issues surrounding this project, readiness for the Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge, environmental concerns and more specific education messaging in plastics such as ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’.

...and don't forget the Case Studies!


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Make a boat get afloat!


We think participation is important… if you use it, you respect it… engage to help sustain change. Inspired by boat making and a mass participation World Record we hope students and schools will take the next step and get afloat.

Inspiring the next generation of ocean guardians

We want to increase on water participation and sporting activity. We intend to link schools with local sailing centres and help to get schools afloat, introducing new sailors to our sport with a better understanding of the impact of plastic in our waterways and oceans.

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Latest Venues

Islington Boat Club

john freed islington boat club
5 months 1 week ago

Clivo Sailing Club

Mark Yuill
5 months 1 week ago

Phoenix Outdoor Centre

Phil Atkinson
6 months 1 day ago

Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre

Simon Conway
8 months 1 week ago
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