Inspiration Station: DIY plastic bottle kayak

Forget signal flares and coconut radios. Next time you're stranded on a desert island (which will inevitably have washed-ashore trash on its beaches), utilize the empty plastic bottles around you and save yourself.

This kayak, built for a recycled boat race, is significantly cheaper than the ones featured at your local outdoors store, a great conversation piece, and a wonderful study in recycling. Learn how to make your own here.

Many thanks to Ali Carter for tipping us off to this DIY plastic bottle kayak.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.