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David de Rothschild's Plastiki Is Virtually Pretty

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We’ve been writing about David de Rothschild’s Plastiki concept for some time now — so it’s exciting to see that the expedition is finally almost ready to launch. Some new pictures have been revealed of the eco-boat — with a hull filled entirely with 12,000 to 16,000 2-liter soda bottles. According to Gizmodo, each bottle with be pressurized using dry ice powder that will sublimate into carbon dioxide gas.

If the weather cooperates, the Plastiki will embark on an 11,000-mile journey starting this April from San Francisco to Sydney. The organizers are stating that it will be broken down and recycled at the end — but if the trip should prove successful, we’re thinking that this boat will be on display for quite some time. Here are a few other cool details from the site:

The cabin shell is our primary source for collecting rainwater, which will be filtered and stored. Solar photovoltaic panels are arrayed on the shell roof. Other energy exhibits, such as wind, water, bicycle and possibly wave power are being situated on the deck along with a modern-day ‘canoe garden’ that echoes the on-board gardens of ancient Polynesian mariners who brought staple plants and animals on voyages to ensure their sustainability.

Now, 11,000 miles is no easy task for any boat — especially one so untested on the open seas for a long period of time. It should be interesting to see how the Plastiki endures the journey. We wish de Rothschild and his crew the best of luck. (Check out one of the hulls below filled with bottles!)


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