The visionaries behind the 60-foot catamaran Plastiki are taking the slogan, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to heart as the vessel is made almost entirely from reclaimed plastic bottles. Adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild and a crew of adventurers and scientists are setting sail on Plastiki from San Francisco, heading to Sydney.
The mission: “To rethink of waste as a resource and to bring attention to global warming and rising oceans in the Pacific.” Conceived over three years ago, Rothschild and his team forged ahead to create a vessel that is not only seaworthy, but also able to utilize plastic bottles in their original form to emphasize that waste is sometimes a resource.
The crew is currently fully focused on the final stage of the build process and organizing preparations for sea trials. Plastiki is set to travel some 11,000 nautical miles and stop at at 13 places in between their Californian starting point and their Australian destination, including San Diego, Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island, Bikini Atol, Rongalep Atol, Majuro, Tarawa, Funafuti, Port Villa, Noumea, Lord Howe Island and Coffs Harbour.
The journey is set to span 100 days, or more, by way of some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems and polluted waters.
Plastiki was created to show the world that plastic bottles are not necessarily part of the problem and they can definitely be part of the solution. A set sail date has not yet been set, but you can follow Plastiki’s progress, its crew and eventually the expedition on www.theplastiki.com, www.twitter.com/plastiki and on Dockwalk.com.