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Plastic bottle boat completes voyage

Plastiki

 

After four months at sea, the boat made from plastic bottles completed its four-month voyage that sailed to Sydney Harbour from San Francisco.

The boat named Plastiki was assembled using 12,500 plastic bottles.

The Plastiki started its voyage on March from the coast of San Francisco US, following the route that crosses the Pacific and then travelling via Western Samoa and New Caledonia before reaching its final destination in Australia.

It passed through via the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a sea of waste around five times the size of UK that is located between California and Hawaii.

Carrying a crew of six, the 15,000 km voyage was set to raise awareness on the dangers of plastic waste to the environment.

"It has been an extraordinary adventure," said David de Rothschild, expedition leader and environmentalist. "We want to raise awareness on the damage caused to ocean by the disposal of plastic waste. We have this addiction to single-use, throwaway plastic, which is choking up the ecosystem."

The boat is a catamaran with which the plastic bottles are attached using organic glue. The sails and the mast were made from recycled materials.

The Plastiki will be displayed in Sydney’s Maritime Museum.

The name Plastiki was derived from Kon-Tiki, a raft that sailed across the Pacific by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl in 1947. Olav, his grandson, was a member in Plastiki’s crew.