IKEA is continuing their efforts to clean up the planet by designing remote-controlled boats that can tidy up floating garbage in lakes and rivers.
The Swedish furniture company modeled their Good Ship IKEA boats after their SMÅKRYP bath toy set.
Each boat can salvage up to 44 pounds of trash at a time. Weighing 150 pounds and measuring in at 10-feet long, the boats could prove to be a fun and innovative solution for keeping the rivers free of garbage.
Earlier this month, two of the boats were deployed into Deptford Creek in southeast London as a means of tidying up the river and celebrating the opening of IKEA’s newest branch in Greenwich.
The furniture store partnered with Creekside Education Trust to raise public awareness for water pollution by inviting pedestrians and school kids to pilot the boats up and down the creek for an entire week.
Though IKEA has not disclosed whether they will continue producing the vessels, the two boats from Greenwich will continue their services under the management of Hubbub, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging sustainability.
Additionally, 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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