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

Architecture for Humanity took on the project of designing the ‘off-grid habitation’, or cabin of the 60-foot catamaran to house a crew of six. David de Rothschild is currently joined by skipper Jo Royle and co-skipper David Thomson, along with Josian and Olav Heyerdahl – the grandchildren of famed explorer and archeologist Thor Heyerdahl, whose 1947 expedition across the Pacific on a raft called the Kon-Tiki inspired the Plastiki’s name. The 7,500 mile route from San Francisco to Sydney is expected to take several months, while the crew will rotate at planned intervals. “The thing is not to make plastic the enemy, but to reassess how we use, dispose, and reuse it,’ says David de Rothschild.

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  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:

  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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