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

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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  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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