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.
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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