Whilst working in a marina in Palma Mallorca, I found a life raft discarded in a general waste bin, upon opening we discovered it was huge and although over 15 years old, was in an as new condition. It was bitter seeing such an irresponsible and wasteful way of discarding plastic. In Spring 2020 we moved to Es Trenc voted one of the most beautiful beaches in Mallorca, although early Spring the colourful but sad looking, deflated crocodiles & flamingos had started to overflow the bins on our local beaches. We started to delve deeper looking for uses for this non-recyclable PVC products.
After investigating we discovered that poly vinyl chloride (PVC) is the primary plastic used in life rafts & lilos and is non-recyclable. The life rafts and lilos of Mallorca, at the end of their consumed moment, are sent to land fill or to be burnt on the island. PVC releases dioxins among other toxic chemicals into the environment when disposed of. Scientists estimate more than 400 years for pvc products to biodegrade naturally, 90% of pollution on Mallorcan beaches is plastic. So we got to work with an aim to redirect this waste into useable products. And after many kind and enthusiastic donations of lilos and life rafts from the Mallorcan community, boaplanet was born!
pollution and the discarding of plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of
all life in the ocean.” –