Ikea Boat Clears Trash to Mark Launch of Sustainable Store

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Ikea recently unveiled 2 Ikea boats, these remote-controlled boats were built to clear rubbish from waterways. The boats were designed to help mark the opening of its Greenwich sustainable store. The Ikea boat is a replica of Ikea’s Smakryp bath boat. The Ikea boat is called the “Good Ship Ikea” and the Good Ship Ikea will trawl Deptfor Creek to clear off rubbish in the creek. Every year 300 tonnes of rubbish is cleared from the Thames, Ikea plans to join this initiative with the Ikea boat.

Ikea Boat Clears Trash to Mark Launch of Sustainable Store

About the Ikea Boat: Good Ship Ikea

The Good Ship Ikea which was modelled after the furniture brand’s Smakryp bath boat is a remote controlled boat that clears up trash from the water. It was built with Orca technology that allows the boat to collect up to 20kg of rubbish at one time. The Ikea boat provides a first-person view thanks to a camera.

About the Ikea Boat, the Good Ship Ikea Clean Up Initiative

There will be two of these boats, they will be clearing rubbish at Deptford Creek in Southeast London from the 19th of February. As part of an educational initiative, Ikea is partnering with Creekside Education Trust. They will work together to create an educational experience for local families. Local families will be given the opportunity to steer the boat remotely. As part of the initiative, all the rubbish will be used to build a sculpture. The sculpture will be featured in Ikea’s Greenwich sustainable store. After the clearing up activity is over, they plan to donate the Ikea boats to the sustainability charity Hubbub

Ikea Speaks on the Cleaning Initiative

The store manager of the new Greenwich sustainable store Helen Aylett spoke about the initiative. She stated that Ikea is committed to playing a role in developing the community. She stated that the Good Ship Ikea is a great way to demonstrate that commitment. Aylett explained that their partnership with Creekside Education is a great way to educate local families about a very important issue which is plastic pollution. With a playful activity like captaining the Good ship Ikea, they hope to encourage local families to join in the cleanup of their local area.

Creekside Education Trust Speaks on the Initiative and Partnership with Ikea

Speaking on the initiative Jill Goddard, chair of Creekside Education Trust stated that they are primed to educate 7,000 local school children and their families on plastic usage. They plan to educate them on the effects of plastic usage on the local environment and the world at large. She expressed their delight to be teaming up with Ikea to deliver an educational and fun activity to the community.

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