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The Plastiki expedition arrived in Australia

Submitted onJuly 26, 2010 No comments yet, share your thoughts

After 130 days and 8000 nautical miles the Plastiki expedition, a catamaran made out of plastic bottles completed her journey across the Pacific. The voyage from San Francisco to Sydney was launched to raise awareness of the dangers posed to the environment by plastic waste the largest marine pollutant.

over 12,000 were used to build this catamaran

over 12,000 were used to build this catamaran

The boat is made out of 12,500 plastic bottles, and features the latest in marine and environmental technology. The Guardian has created an interactive illustration of the boat highlighting various green features (click here). In her voyage the Plastiki passed through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch an area the size of Texas littered with trash (mostly plastic) floating in the Pacific Ocean.

The Plastiki expedition a catamaran made out of 2 liter plastic bottles

The Plastiki expedition a catamaran made out of 2 liter plastic bottles

David De Rothschild, the founder of Adventure Ecology and the Plastiki Expedition, created this project in order to more effectively inform the world about the nature of plastic. Although plastic never decomposes, and this has caused various degrees of pollution, it is also recyclable like no other substance, and so “we ought to stop viewing plastic as a problem and start seriously considering it as a viable renewable resource”. The solution to the problem of plastic is plastic itself.

Read the full story here

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