French entrepreneur Eric Becker has made an island from plastic! Off the Ivory Coast, he used 700,000 pieces of plastic to make an island. The island, previously his home, now a resort, is home to a hotel, two swimming pools and karaoke bar.
He now charges $100 for an overnight stay and $25 for a day pass to visit his resort. So far, 100 guests each week have taken advantage. The structure covers 10,700 square feet and holds a restaurant, in addition to trees and shrubs. Becker spent six years collecting discarded plastic, while testing their viability for his island.
The island floats on 700,000 recycled bottles, according to WPTV. The island uses solar panels, makes compost and weighs 200 tons. Because the water is so polluted, water must be pumped into the location.
Becker said of his floating island, “What’s great about this concept is that we’re turning something negative — pollution from plastic bottles — into something positive.If only all of us could do this on an individual scale.”
Becker said he hopes his island inspires others to do more eco-tourism. A visitor to the resort told the Daily Mail, “‘It’s the ecological qualities which impress me most — these days, people are talking more and more about the environment. Mr Becker ‘has transformed city rubbish into a pleasant place. I hope it inspires other people.”
Watch a video of the island
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