Plastiki Plastic Bottle Boat Unveiled in San Francisco!

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Plastiki is a boat constructed of 12,500 2-liter plastic bottles that embarked on a 7,500 mile journey to Sydney in the Spring of 2010. Built by Adventure Ecology and captained by David de Rothschild, the vessel braved the waters surrounding the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ in an attempt to bring awareness to the mounting plastic debris floating in our Oceans. 

David de Rothschild, adventurer, environmentalist and founder of Adventure Ecology, became inspired (or perhaps perturbed) by a 2006 report issued by UNEP. Called ‘Action Urged to Avoid Deep Trouble in the Deep Seas,’ the report contained the fact that plastic debris outnumbers plankton in many of the world’s oceans. Adventure Ecology’s ‘message in a bottle’ is that we are all responsible for plastic waste because we all use plastic, and despite the fact that much of the plastic we use is 100% recyclable, less than 20% of all plastic bottles ever reach a recycling facility and 4 out of every 5 plastic bottles end up in the landfill. It would appear that the other 1 out of 5 ends up in our Oceans.

As David de Rothschild told us at the unveiling, ‘the minute we are born, we get a plastic bracelet with our name on it,’ and nearly everything we do after that involves plastic in some way. According to Project Aware, only 1 out of the 15 billion pounds of plastic produced each year in the U.S. gets recycled, and an estimated 38 billion plastic bottles and 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups end up in landfill, annually. Hence the concept of a boat made out of 100% recycled plastic, set to sail through the Pacific Gyre to bring awareness to the problem and inspire change. The boat is, in fact, made up of 12,500 2-liter plastic bottles tied to Self Reinforcing Polyethylene Terephthalate (SRPET), all bound with an innovative organic glue made out of the shells of cashew seeds.

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