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    Boat made of plastic bottles sets sail across Pacific

    Boat made of plastic bottles sets sail across Pacific


    The crew will be at sea for around three months


    A boat made of 12,000 plastic bottles has set sail on a voyage from San Francisco to Sydney to spread awareness about pollution in the world's oceans.

    Environmentalist and banking heir David De Rothschild and a crew set out on the appropriately named Plastiki catamaran.

    Their 11,000-nautical mile journey will go past the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a sea of waste about five times the size of the UK or twice that of Texas.

    Four out of five plastic bottles end up in a landfill, according to the UN.

    "It is time we beat waste and this is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind issue that needs to be addressed," Mr De Rothschild told the BBC earlier this month.

    The 31-year-old adventurer, who has completed expeditions to both poles and various jungles, was already tweeting on Saturday, hours after the boat set sail on its three-month voyage.

    "Travelling 2.0 Knots ummm! That's a lot of ocean ahead!" he said on his Twitter page. "Just saw our first bit marine debris - a plastic cup!"

    Green credentials

    The Plastiki takes recycling to a whole other level.

    The 12,000 used water bottles are filled with carbon dioxide to make the vessel durable and buoyant.

    The catamaran is powered by solar, wind and sea turbines.

    An exercise bike will power the boat's laptops and there is also a composting bathroom and gardens to grow food.

    Critics say the expedition only perpetuates the belief that it is acceptable to use plastic as long as people recycle it, rather than encouraging people to cut down on its use entirely.

    They also point out that if the Plastiki were to break apart mid-journey, it would dump thousands of bottles directly into the ocean.







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    Plastiki on course to arrive on Monday
    July 25, 2010

    A catamaran made of 12,500 plastic bottles is on schedule to reach Sydney by Monday morning, ending its remarkable 18,520km journey across the Pacific Ocean.

    The Plastiki was off the Central Coast about 4pm (AEST) on Sunday and is due to arrive in Sydney Harbour around 11am on Monday.

    The vessel left San Franciso in March on a voyage designed to raise awareness about the amount of plastic waste being dumped in the sea.

    Its six-member crew, skippered by David de Rothschild, a descendent of the famous British banking family, will be greeted by US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich and deputy Sydney mayor Phillip Black.

    They will finally step back on to dry land after four months at sea at the city's maritime museum, Darling Harbour, where the Plastiki is due to go on temporary display.

    Speaking in a webcast from the Plastiki on July 24, Mr de Rothschild said he was surprised at the lack of awareness about the amount of rubbish being dumped in the sea.

    "It was a needless problem," he added.

    news.smh.com.au

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Plastiki on course to arrive on Monday
    July 25, 2010


    They will finally step back on to dry land after four months at sea at the city's maritime museum, Darling Harbour, where the Plastiki is due to go on temporary display.


    news.smh.com.au

    After which it will be dumped in a landfill site!





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    At least they did not have to worry about repacement parts, enough stuff is floating around on our oceans

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    Hope they recycle

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