Cardboard boat – level 3

10-01-2024 15:00

Did you know that it is possible to build a boat entirely from cardboard? Over ten days, two savvy recyclers from England named Harry and Charlie turned their dream of a cardboard houseboat into a reality.

They used around 300 old boxes that they found in bins near their workshop and bits of wood to clamp on a little outboard – almost everything was from waste packaging, including their flag which they made from bubble wrap.

They successfully launched the boat into the Thames and sailed down the river to London to launch a design festival.

Difficult words: savvy (knowledgeable, skilled), clamp on (fix on, put on), outboard (an outboard motor).

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