Piper Kujac

Plastiki Plastic Bottle Boat Unveiled in San Francisco!

by , 03/01/10

sustainable design, green design, plastiki, green transportation, adventure ecology, David de Rothschild, plastic bottle boat, recycled materials, pacific garbage patch

San Francisco recently saw the unveiling of the Plastiki, a boat constructed of 12,500 2-liter plastic bottles that will be embarking on a 7,500 mile journey to Sydney this spring. Built by Adventure Ecology and captained by David de Rothschild, the vessel will brave the waters surrounding the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ in an attempt to bring awareness to the mounting plastic debris floating in our Oceans. If the 50 knots of wind and rain at the unveiling last Friday, followed by tsunami warnings post-earthquake in Chile the following day, are any indication of what the crew could face on their voyage, we wish them luck!

sustainable design, green design, plastiki, green transportation, adventure ecology, David de Rothschild, plastic bottle boat, recycled materials, pacific garbage patch

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.

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4 Comments

  1. The Plastiki Bottle Boa... July 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    [...] Sydney, Australia this morning! The boat — made from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles — set out on its mission in March from San Francisco to help raise awareness about waste by sailing right through the [...]

  2. Plastiki Successfully C... July 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    [...] 120 days at sea, the Plastiki boat made from plastic bottles has finally reached Australia! David de Rothschild sent a dispatch [...]

  3. Piper Kujac March 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I knew someone was going to comment on that! Ocean Now has found that the plastic bottles in the ocean are primarily from land- bottles which have been littered into waste streams and eventually carried out to sea by wind currents. So my comment about that 5th bottle (of the 4 out of 5) ending up in the ocean is figurative, given how much waste is in our oceans. It’s waste in route to landfills that’s filling up the oceans.. so if you want to be precise- it’s part of those 4 out of 5 en route to the landfills that’s reaching the ocean.. but does it matter? Would it matter if 3 out of 5 100% recyclable bottles went in a landfill/water ways instead of the 4 of 5? You can learn more about plastic recycling from the Container Recycling Institute, here: http://www.container-recycling.org/

  4. mrharrison March 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    So it seems there are 6 out of 5 plastic bottles out there. One in the ocean one in the landfill and the other four in the landfill?

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