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Monday, July 26, 2010

Boat made of plastic bottles ends 4-month ocean sail

"A sailboat largely constructed from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles has completed a 4-month
journey across the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness about the perils of plastic waste."


The  sailboat, named "Plastiki" is a , a 60-foot catamaran, and had six crew members
who traversed 8,000 nautical miles at sea.

"The Plastiki — named after the 1947 Kon-Tiki raft sailed across the Pacific by explorer
  Thor Heyerdahl— is fully recyclable and gets its power from solar panels and windmills."
(same source as above)

A website devoted to the expedition and the boat can be viewed by going to:

Congratulations to the crew of the Plastiki! What a great message you are sending, which is:

It’s about recognizing that waste is fundamentally a design flaw (it does not appear in nature)
It’s about a better understanding of the lifecycle’s  and materials used in our everyday lives.
 It’s about being curious and open, being prepared to  let go of assumptions in order to
undertake a new ‘Planet 2.0’ way of thinking and acting....
It's about re-integrating back into the web of life by recognizing and reducing our
 human fingerprints on the natural world. It’s about moving on from just articulating
the problems and inspiring action of the solutions. It’s about encouraging the world to reduce,
 reuse, recycle and rethink more of the planets natural resources. It’s about delivering a
spectacular global “Message in a Bottle”"

Why was this project undertaken? According to the official website for the "Plastiki" the
reason for this project was to try and raise awareness for the need to recycle out plastics,
these people decided to engage in this project after they learned:

"It is estimated that almost all of the marine pollution in the world is comprised of plastic
 materials. The average proportion varied between 60% and 80% of total marine pollution.
- "In many regions in the northern and southern Gyres, plastic materials constitute as much as
90 to 95% of the total amount of marine debris".
- "Scientists estimate that every year at least 1 million seabirds and 100,000
 marine mammals and sea turtles die when they entangle themselves in plastic
 pollution or ingest it."
-" According to Project Aware, 15 billion pounds of plastic are produces in the U.S. every
 year, and only 1 billion pounds are recycled. It is estimated that in excess of 38 billion plastic
 bottles and 25 million Styrofoam cups end up in landfill and although plastic bottles are
100% recyclable, on average only 20% are actually recycled."

 (source: )

Source of image:

Here is a link to a ABC news story about the Plastiki:

Here is a video about the Plastiki I found at
Thanks to Nathan Friedkin for posting the video at!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.