LAU students sail aboard a boat, made out of plastic bottles as they arrive at Zaitunay bay in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanese American University students and environmental activists completed the maiden voyage Sunday of the country's first ever Phoenician-style trireme made of thousands of plastic bottles, an initiative that organizers say is "bringing people together" to fight pollution.The project goes back at least five months, when LAU students, activists from the environmental NGO CHREEK and high school students across Lebanon began collecting used plastic water bottles to be used in constructing the boat.Kairouz estimates a total of 20,000 water bottles went into building the 13 by 4-meter trireme, which boasted a blue foam horse's head at the bow and a tail fashioned of water bottles stuffed into a mesh tube.Kairouz says the trireme is an example of how Lebanese activists can fight pollution from the grassroots level.
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