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Boat made from 12,500 plastic bottles to sail across Pacific Answered

The Plastiki is a boat that is held afloat by 12,500 plastic 2-liter bottles. Built by Adventure Ecology and captained by David de Rothschild, the boat will travel 7,500 miles from San Francisco to Sydney. Its mission is to create awareness about the vast amounts of plastic that get thrown into landfill or end up in the oceans.

In addition to the wind power, the Plastiki will also be propelled by crew members bicycling along. Rain will be caught to provide water and sprouts will be grown in a vertical garden.

Check out the link below for a lot more info.

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onrust
onrust

8 years ago

I don't care who built it .....it's AWSOME

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BuildSleepThink
BuildSleepThink

8 years ago

cool, but if it wrecks there are 12500 more bottles in the ocean

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 8 years ago

An old foum posting. Plastiki completed it's 8,000 mile voyage in July 2010--without incident.

Here's a press release (pdf) if you're interested in learning more. Might be nice if they edited that website to the past tense.

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ak49er
ak49er

11 years ago

Later: In other news today, a boat made from 12500 plastic bottles sailing across the Pacific was wrecked in a storm mid-way through its journey from San Fransisco to Sydney. The captain of the boat survived by building a raft using 2500 of the bottles from the wrecked craft.

Seriously though, it looks really well built. And those bottles probably trap enough air that the interior could be completely filled with water and still float....
Now someone needs to build a plastic bottle canoe and go down the Mississippi River.....

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Dj Dubstar
Dj Dubstar

Reply 8 years ago

Plastic canoe....

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151172084327025&set=o.172264666216668&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

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Robotech112
Robotech112

Reply 11 years ago

I don't believe that this has raised awareness what so ever because it wrecked, and most of the bottles got stuck in the ocean, when they say, it was used to show people not to throw stuff away.

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 11 years ago

ak49er was being a bit facetious...(quoting a "future" news item.)

The real Plastiki hasn't wrecked. It hasn't even finished sea trials yet.

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knektek
knektek

11 years ago

i was thinking of the same thing but to make a water butt.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 9 years ago

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_butt

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sunshiine
sunshiine

11 years ago

This is pretty kewl!  A great way to make a point!

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Koosie
Koosie

11 years ago

Very nice! Clever way to raise awareness.

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

11 years ago

I might just go to Sydney to see that.

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sodiumcanine
sodiumcanine

11 years ago


   Very neat design reminds me of Junkraft:

http://junkraft.blogspot.com/

 More advanced design of course. After being through The
Pacific Gyre and seen the amount of plastic debri it is good to see
 new concepts for re-utilizing plastics in a positive way. Check out my
blog on my visit to Kingman Reef in the South Pacific:

http://coyoteshark.blogspot.com/2009/07/kingman-reef-plastic-island-my-visit.html

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Zem
Zem

11 years ago

 If used in an efficient design, plastic bottles seem like a very good cheap alternative to current boat building materials.

To make people REALLY interested, someone should build a water bottle speedboat!!

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jeff-o
jeff-o

11 years ago

Awesome.  At some point I'd like to build my own pedal-powered recycled bottle boat for cruising down the Grand River in my area.  Perhaps I'll wait until my kids are old enough to join me!

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Dr.Bill
Dr.Bill

11 years ago

There you go. Your answer to the one in Guam. No contest Guam wins hands down.

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Dr.Bill
Dr.Bill

Reply 11 years ago

A testament to what money can do.