The Giant Swedish Company has done it once again. In an effort to help clean up and preserve the planet, IKEA has designed a remote–controlled boat that can tidy up floating garbage in lakes and rivers.
The revolutionary boat named ‘The Good Ship IKEA’ is modelled after the Swedish company’s SMÅKRYP bath toy set.
The Good Ship IKEA has a weight of 150 pounds (68Kg), and is 10 feet (3 meters) in length. When put in action, one boat can collect up to 44 pounds (20kg) of garbage at a time. Not only are the boats an innovative solution for keeping the rivers free of garbage but they’re also quite adorable.
IKEA partnered with Creekside Education Trust in order to develop the amazing boats. In February, two of the boats were deployed into Deptford Creek, in southeast London with a goal to raise public awareness about the increasing water pollution as well as to celebrating the opening of IKEA’s newest store in Greenwich. For over a week, pedestrians and school kids were invited to steer the boats in the creek, which also turned out to be a lot fun.
At this moment it is not clear whether IKEA will go onto produce the boats. The two boats which are in Greenwich will continue their services under the management of Hubbub, a non-profit company dedicated to promoting sustainability.
Furthermore, all of the trash that was collected from the creek will be turned into a sculpture which will be placed in IKEA’s new Greenwich store.
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