Eco-Voyage on the Plastiki

Going green — By on March 5, 2010 at 5:38 am
plastic bottle sail boat 220x300 Eco Voyage on the Plastiki

The plastic bottle sailboat will raise recycling awareness

If you’ve heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, you are aware of the devastating impact plastic can have on the environment.  To that end, we have urged discontinued use of individual serving water bottles and conscientious consumer decision-making to pre-cycle.

Yet, now there is news of some plastic bottles that should go into the ocean.  The Plastiki is a seaworthy sail boat created by David De Rothschild and some of his friends out of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles.

Showcased last week in the San Francisco Bay, the plan is to have the boat sail 11,000 miles to Sydney, Australia in an effort to raise awareness of the need to recycle plastics and/or reduce their overall use.

The green vessel will start the eco-voyage soon.  And its not just recycled plastic bottles that makes it environmentally-friendly.  The entire boat is crafted from recycled materials, from the mast – which is made from a reclaimed aluminum irrigation pipe – to the sail, which is comprised of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a polyester resin used in plastics.  The glue that holds it all together also is organic, comprised of cashew nuts and sugar cane.

Launching from Pier 31 in San Francisco, the Plastiki will rely mostly on renewable energy for the eco-voyage.  Solar panels, wind turbines, bicycle generators and rain catchment systems will all be employed.   Would you go along for the trip?

Check out this video on the making of the green vessel and decide for yourself!

The Plastiki has been an effort spanning over a year.  Instead of just raising awareness about plastics in our oceans, and keeping them out of landfills, the project now hopes to encourage inventive re-use of materials like water bottles.  If more people recycle them as a result, that would be great too!  (currently, less than 20% of plastic bottles are recycled).

As of this writing, the crew is making final preparations for the eco-voyage on the Plastiki!  If you want to go along for the ride (virtually, of course), check out the official website at ThePlastiki.com.  Photographs, videos, a blog and much more information will be provided.  You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Ahoy!

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2 Comments

  1. hey there,

    we were there for the launch of the plastiki, it was very cool to see it in person…

    we interviewed them on their vertical garden, which will allow them to grow greens throughout their trip. we uploaded our video here: http://www.yourgardenshow.com/latest

    it really gets your mind going on what is possible for not just the future of pollution, but the future of gardening!

    ahoy, indeed

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