The International Canoe Federation has congratulated leading canoe and kayak manufacturer and ICF partner Nelo for developing a boat made mostly of reused and recycled products.

The Nelo 510 has been developed by the French company Rotomod, and is the perfect boat for children and adults who are just starting in the sport. It is easy to handle, durable and stable.

Importantly it is mostly made of recycled surplus, obsolete and waste materials, with two-layer polyethylene plastic. Polyethylene is one of the most used materials in rotomolding, known for its aesthetics, robustness and longevity.

It’s favoured by manufacturers because it is resistant to cold, shock and abrasion, low coefficient of friction, and is recyclable.

Nelo chief executive Andre Santos said Nelo’s partnership with Rotomod was based around dhared sustainability goals of reduce, re-use and recycle.

ICF marketing manager, Catherine Wieser, said it’s exciting to see new developments in world paddling that are working towards a cleaner environment.

“At the ICF we now have in place a successful sustainability program that we have trialled at several major events in recent seasons, so to see a product like this is very positive,” Ms Wieser said.

“Congratulations to Nelo and to Rotomod on this ground-breaking development. Hopefully this will inspire others to follow.”

You can find more information about the ICF’s sustainability program here.

Nelo recycled boat