World leaders from politics, business and even royalty were inspired to act against climate change by a Formula E car made entirely from plastic waste.

The car dubbed ‘Recover E’ highlights the need for rapid action against plastic pollution and yesterday took centre stage at COP26.
A collaboration between Envision Racing, campaigners Kids Against Plastic, COP26 and Glasgow City Council, the scale replica Formula E race car captured the attention of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

UK PM revs up race against climate change

Envision car at the innovation event at COP26. Photograph: Karwai Tang/ UK Government

Envision Group Founder & CEO Lei Zhang shows the UK Prime Minister Envision Racing’s Recover E race car – a scale replica made from plastic waste collected by schoolchildren.

From Silverstone to Silverburn

Made from 100kg of plastic litter, the car was unveiled at Glasgow’s Silverburn Shopping Centre on Monday before its debut at the conference. The Recover E car will return to the shopping centre from Friday for members of the public to engage in this inspiring work of art.

Envision Racing, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer Sylvain Filippi meets with children from Garrowhill Primary to reveal the Recover E car at Glasgow’s Silverburn Shopping Centre.

Amy and Ella Meek, founders of Kids Against Plastic and Pride of Britain award-winners added: “It’s really fitting that the Recover E car has been seen by audiences from school children to shoppers and world leaders because to make change happen, we need everyone, to join a movement of people that are breaking their plastic habits and lobbying for change. It’s been amazing to partner with an organisation like Envision Racing, whose values and goals match ours, and can help put our campaign on the world stage.”

The Recover E car also featured on The One Show on BBC One on 4th November 2021, as presenter Alex Scott (pictured below) admired the finished product alongside Amy and Ella Meek.