August 2, 2010

Recycled Catamaran Plastiki Completes Voyage


The Plastiki, a boat made up of recycled materials, has successfully sailed from San Francisco to Sydney after a 4 month trek of 9,000 miles. During the trip, the catamaran sailed through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a sea of waste between California and Hawaii. The hull is made of 12,500 plastic bottles and the mast is a recycled irrigation pipe. Everything is held together with an organic glue made from cashew husks and sugarcane. Plastiki gets its power from solar panels and windmills.

Ironically, expedition leader David de Rothschild wanted to recycle the boat after its voyage but instead it will now be displayed in Sydney's Maritime Museum.


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Posted by Sheila Franklin at August 2, 2010 11:20 AM
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