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Rendezvous Hotel Singapore and Ngee Ann Polytechnic Create Green F1 Car

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Rendezvous Hotel Singapore’s Formula One car may not win any races, but chances are it is the most environmentally friendly! Made out of old hotel key cards, chairs and even a vacuum cleaner, the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore partnered with Ngee Ann Polytechnic to construct the live sized car, made up of eco friendly recycled materials.

The car has been placed at the entrance to the hotel, where it will stay until 27 September. The Singapore F1 Grand Prix weekend takes place 25 to 27 September 2009.

The recycled materials used for the vehicle include 652 plastic bottles of varying sizes to form the main frame of the car and 793 pieces of used key cards making up the front and back wing. Four used 17 inch tyres, pvc pipes, computer parts, cardboard, chairs, a vacuum cleaner hose and cake plates were also used to make up the 4.8 metre long by 1.5 metre wide and one metre high life-size car.

The car concept and construction was a joint effort by staff at the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore and five second and third year students of Ngee Ann Polytechnic. It took the hotel and the students more than two months to design, collect used materials for, and construct the F1 car.

The project was pursued by the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore after it was awarded Green Globe Benchmarked Bronze Status, formally recognising it as environmentally friendly under the globally acclaimed and prestigious Green Globe program.

Kelvin Ong, general manager of the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore said, “Since achieving Green Globe Benchmarked Bronze Status, the Hotel has been keen to continue on its ‘Going Green’ mission. The construction of the Formula One car with recycled materials from the Hotel was the perfect fun and innovative project to put some of our waste to good use.”

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