The brave journalist Willemijn de Koning from Den Haag FM joined us during the maiden voyage of Binckie as our first passenger. She was later joined by Sabrina Lindeman who organised the I’M BINCK festival and Hassan El Houari, district director Laak for the festive commissioning of Binckie.
Unbothered by the fact that she was sitting in a paper boat she took this interview:
After 2 months of intensive building we finally launched our new paperboat Binckie at shipyard ‘De Haas’ during the I’M BINCK festival in The Hague, the Netherlands on October 11th 2014. Binckie (Paperboat 5) is part of the Paperboat project and was built for the festival to act as a ferry. Binckie is 5 m long boat that can seat up to 6 persons and is fully bio-degradable, so you can toss it on the compost heap after use. And who knows, next year, it might become a beautiful flower. So we hope you might reconsider what you throw away in the future, because it just might become a boat.
Marsel Loermans made this great little movie about the memorable moment Binckie first went into the water:
We’ve started to build our 5th paper boat Binckie at shipyard ‘De Haas’. Binckie will be a part of the I’M BINCK festival, which will be held at the Binkhorst, a remarkable industrial terrain in Den Haag.
The festival celebrates the diversity of the Binckhorst and the possibilities this area has to offer. One of the main topics of the festival is circular economy. Therefor we’re using scrap paper and cardboard boxes from the enterprises and companies established in the Binckhorst for our new boat.
Binckie is going to be a fully bio-degradable boat, just like Paperboat 4, the paper canoe.
The frame is made from cardboard boxes, the hull from old newspapers. Cardboard and magazines can be used as a substitute for brown matter in compost. The glue will be an organic and actually edible glue. So the whole boat will be compostable.
We don’t know how long it will float, the festival will continue for a month. But we hope that it will not be a problem for Binckie!
On the 14th of September we presented Paperboat 3 during the ‘Groene Grachten’ and the Solar Boat Race, an event about sustainability and technology initiated by Wubbo Ockels. Our little paper boat was presented at ‘Het Plein van de Toekomst’ or ‘Future Plaza’ in English. And of course we’ve tried it out in the canals of Amsterdam amidst the impressive solar boats.
This year our Paperboat project is going to be a part of the I’M BINCK festival coming October. The festival features the ‘Binckhorst’, a remarkable industrial area in The Hague. Circular economy is one of the main topics of the festival, so we’re going to use paper waste like cardboard boxes and newspapers from the Binckhorst for the build of our new boat.
Our new boat will be launched in the beginning of October and will operate as a ferry during the festival.
So join us for a boat trip in October!
Today we’ve tested Paperboat 4, the first bio-degradable boat. The boat is constructed with used cardboard and old newspapers, and the glue is solely made of organic materials. So you can throw it on the compost heap after use! And next year it could become a beautiful flower.
Since we made a canoe we thought we might as well test it in the waves on the beach in Scheveningen.
And it survived the forces of nature!