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Plastiki Boat Made of Plastic Bottles Prepares to Set Sail

Posted By Jorge Chapa On May 26, 2009 @ 12:30 pm In Green Transportation,Innovation,San Francisco | 2 Comments

plastiki, boat made of plastic bottles [1]

It’s been several months since we brought you news of the Plastiki, a boat made of 12,500 plastic bottles [2], so we figured it was time for an update. When we left the Plastiki expedition last, David de Rothschild, the founder of Adventure Ecology [3], was making preparations to steer his plastic sailboat towards the floating landfill in the Pacific Ocean [4]. Some time has passed, but we’re excited to report that Plastiki is nearly ready to set sail upon the open sea!

plastiki, boat made of plastic bottles, david de rothschild, recycled boat

After overcoming significant design hurdles – after all, constructing a boat [5] made out of plastic bottles can’t be easy – the team has settled on a final design. The Plastiki will be made out of 12,500 2 liter plastic bottles [6] tied to a structure made out of Self Reinforcing Polyethylene Terephthalate (SRPET). The final weight of the 60 foot boat will be around 9 tons plus the weight of the crew of six people. Thinking ahead, the boat will be upcycled [7], though they still don’t know into what. That decision they say, will be left to the Plastiki community.

The boat is now under construction, and expected to sail from San Francisco [8] to Sydney in August. We’ll be keeping you posted about any updates as they happen.

+ Plastiki Plastic Bottle Boat [6]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=30953

[2] the Plastiki, a boat made of 12,500 plastic bottles: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/30/the-plastic-bottle-boat/

[3] Adventure Ecology: http://www.adventureecology.com/

[4] floating landfill in the Pacific Ocean: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/18/eco-art-chris-jordans-gyre/

[5] boat: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/09/transportation-tuesday-the-solar-sailor/

[6] plastic bottles: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/24/jasmine-zimmerman-bottle-house-at-bumbershoot/

[7] upcycled: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/25/plastic-spoon-lamps-as-sculptural-objects/

[8] San Francisco: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/28/eco-art-conservatory-flowers-san-francisco-model/

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