There’s a message in the 12,500 recycled plastic bottles that make up the 60-foot boat called The Plastiki. The message is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rethink.
The Plastiki, named in honor of Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon Tiki, is the brainchild of expedition leader David De Rothschild. De Rothschild got the idea after reading a United Nations report on how plastic pollution threatens the world’s oceans. The Plastiki is fully recyclable. The catamaran is made with plastic bottles, organic glue made from sugar and cashews, aluminum irrigation pipe, and other recyclable materials. It is powered by solar cells and windmills.
De Rothschild and his crew sailed The Plastiki from San Francisco, California, USA, to Sydney, Australia. The trip covered 8,000 nautical miles and took 130 days to complete. At any one time, there were six people on board, but some of the crew members alternated. Along with the expedition leaders and skippers (all from the United Kingdom), there were filmmakers, photographers, and divers who participated in the voyage, whose nationalities represent Canada, France, Italy, Norway, and the United States.
You can read more in this article by Kristen Gelineau.
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