"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 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 of image: http://www.notcot.org/page/636/
Here is a link to a ABC news story about the Plastiki:
Here is a video about the Plastiki I found at Vimeo.com
Thanks to Nathan Friedkin for posting the video at Vimeo.com!