Pitch TedX Amsterdam 2014 – Paperboat project

Well, here we go…

Today we’ve pitched our Paperboat project before the 12-headed TedX jury.
Fingers crossed!


Watch our pitch:

Read the full text:

The power of imagination

Before we begin our story, we want to share with you where our adventure started:

You might wonder why we’re giving you these blank pieces of common A4 paper
Because you could say there’s nothing special about them
Quite a logical response, because you do see loads paper every day.
In fact you use about half a kilo of paper per day.
And we throw more than half of it away again, about 125 kilos of paper per household in the Netherlands each year.
Paper is the second biggest part of our annual waste production, we throw more paper away than plastic.

We humans produce so much waste,
we buy enormous amounts of stuff and at the same absurd pace we throw it all away again.
We produce mountains of garbage, heaps of waste paper, floating isles of plastic soup.
It might seem impossible to reverse this environmental catastrophe.
Because what can one small person do for a global waste problem?

Well, don’t say something is impossible too quickly.
We want to show you what happens if you unleash your power of imagination on a topic like waste.

Our imagination was triggered while staying in a remote part of France. It was January and it had been raining for weeks. The whole area was flooded. We were confined indoors with nothing more than a stack of old paper to light the fire.
So what do you do when you’re bored to death with nothing more than old paper?
You start to fold paper boats.
And we did.
Heaps of them, and on a dry day we went outside and set them asail in the drowned lands.
But when we watched our little armada float away, we started to imagine what a great adventure it would be if we could sail away in a paper boat ourselves.

As I’ve said before, there are mountains of trash everywhere, heaps of waste paper.
All that waste still has a value.
You could think of paper as a sort of wood, so we thought why not?
Why not build a boat out of paper?

So we set out to build paper boats.
We collected old cardboard boxes, newspapers and magazines and bravely started building.
The first ones sank.
Of course, what do you expect when you throw a cardboard box into the water?
But we went back to the drawing board and tried again and again.
The third one finally stayed afloat.
And now more than a year later, this little paper boat still floats.

Our success fuelled our imagination.
So we pushed it a little further.
Would it be possible to build a biodegradable paper boat?

Our last boat BINCKIE a 5 m long boat that can seat 6 persons, 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.

We help people, companies, students to discover the power of their imagination and creativity.
Imagining something that seems impossible is a dream. To do what seems impossible is an adventure.
Sailing in a paper boat, something that is destined to sink, is a fantastic experience.
The paperboat has proven to be a powerful tool to get the message across that your waste is valuable.
All our passengers now have a different view on garbage.
They felt it.
We didn’t put an idea in their mind, but we put it in their hearts.

We turned our blank piece of paper into a live-sized paper boat.
Which by the way took only a fraction of the 125 kg, so image the amount of boats you can build with that.

we’ve turned our paper into a boat
maybe you’ll turn the paper into a flower, a car or a poem
use the paper to visualise your dream

Because if you do what you dream
nothing is impossible

Lauch of Binckie

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:

Binckie - I'm Binck Festival 01
Photography Maarten Fleskens

Binckie - I'm Binck Festival 02
Photography Maarten Fleskens

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Photography Maarten Fleskens

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Photography Maarten Fleskens

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Photography Maarten Fleskens

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Photography Maarten Fleskens

Binckie the paper ferry

Den Haag FM devoted an article on Binckie.
Read the whole article (in Dutch) here:


The making of Binckie 02
Photography Maarten Fleskens

Interview FunX – Binckie

Today before the crack of dawn we did an radio interview with FunX about Binckie and the paper boat project.

Listen to the interview here:

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The making of Binckie

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!

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Paperboat at the Groene Grachten in Amsterdam

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.

Groene Grachten-Cris Toala Olivares
Photography Cris Toala Olivares

Paperboat 3 - Groene Grachten
Photography Gert Ockers

Paperboat 4 : Our first bio-degradable boat


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!





Paperboat in NRC Handelsblad

The NRC devoted an article on ourPaperboat project and the Paperboat race.
Read the full article here (in Dutch):



Paperboat - North Sea Regatta

Students InHolland – Corporate storytelling movie

And here it is!
The final corporate storytelling movie the students of InHolland made for us. It’s a fantastic movie, we’re proud and honoured to have been a part of their project.
So a big thank you to Aissa Traore, Wilja Buyse, Pim van der Linde, Faricha Hamidullahkhan and Ruben Alders.