by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, Transport
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We’ve been following the development of the Plastiki — an eco boat with a hull containing 12,000 recycled 2-liter soda bottles. — since adventure ecologist David de Rothschild first floated the idea several years ago.

With construction and tests just about complete,  de Rothschild and his crew are getting ready to embark on an 11,000-mile journey from San Francisco to Sydney. The point of the boat and the journey is to highlight the global waste problem.

“We’re needlessly losing millions of seabirds and hundreds of thousands of marine mammals from ingesting plastic every year,” de Rothschild told ABC News. “I decided to take this ‘out of sight, out of mind’ problem and build a boat out of the very items that we were seeing ending up in our natural environment.”

Check out a video below of the Plastiki undergoing sea trials in San Francisco. They’re expected to begin their journey “within weeks”.

via Huffington Post

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000319188128 Hirohito Tida

    I approve of activity of Lord David de Rothschild.

    This is it.

    Do you know all of you? “Captain David.”

    Great Lord David de Rothschild.

    WEB of environmental technology ship “plastiki” and the details about the adventure.

  • From MN, with hope…

    That is an excellent boat. Consisting of mostly recycled parts. That is great. Too bad these types of boats dont get much press. When Earthrace was circumnavigating the globe I heard nothing of it. And that big trash pile appals me. Twice the size of Texas. Amazing.

  • http://www.algalita.org ps

    His idea was ripped off from the JUNK boat which has ALREADY sailed the Pacific – by folks at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. Algalita is really the one who pioneered the issue of plastics in the ocean.

    But overall, it’s good to raise awareness of this important global issue.