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Plastiki Plastic Bottle Boat Unveiled in San Francisco!
Along with the obvious use of wind, bicycle power has also been incorporated to provide additional propulsion, and everyone on board has a daily part of the journey. Rain catchment and a vertical vegetable garden (i.e. sprout farm) with rotating hydroponic water treatment helps the crew stay nourished, and an array of solar panels keeps the boat charged. Technology partner Hewlett Packard and communication sponsor Inmarsat, make up the boat’s communication hub and provide a constant link to the outside world, despite the journey’s ‘off-grid’ exploration. Other sponsors include IWC Schaffhausen and Kiehl’s eco-skin products, and no doubt a multitude of innovative eco-adventure products will result from this unique journey. In fact, the Plastiki Project has already inpired a spin-off competition called SMART Art: Science Marketing Art Research Technology, to show how discarded items can be redesigned into works of art as well as functional everyday items.
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