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The Plastiki: Environmentally Friendly Sailing

A ship made out of plastic?

No, it’s no joke, there actually is one.

Better yet, it sailed half-way across the world from San Francisco,USA to Australia.

Born as an idea by Adventure Ecology- a unique initiative with a mission to educate, entertain and raise awareness of environmental and social issues whilst driving innovative real world solutions-, the Plastiki (ship’s name) was inspired by a report issued by the UNEP called ‘Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas’ and Thor Heyerdahl’s epic 1947 expedition, The Kon-Tiki. Made out of recycled plastic and plastic waste, the Plastiki set out on a compelling and pioneering expedition not only to inform, but captivate, activate and educate the world that waste is fundamentally  a form of inefficient design.

The Plastiki began her adventure nearly four years ago to combat as well as shed the light on the following facts; some of which we think you might not be aware of:

- It is estimated that almost all of the marine pollution in the world is comprised of plastic materials. The average proportion varied between 60% and 80% of total marine pollution.

- In many regions, plastic materials constitute as much as 90 to 95% of the total amount of marine debris.

- Scientists estimate that every year at least 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die when they entangle themselves in plastic pollution or ingest it.

- According to Project Aware, 15 billion pounds of plastic are produced in the U.S. every year, and only 1 billion pounds are recycled. It is estimated that in excess of 38 billion plastic bottles and 25 million Styrofoam cups end up in landfill and although plastic bottles are 100% recyclable, on average only 20% are actually recycled.

Accordingly, the Plastiki’s mission  is essentially to  encourage the  world to reduce, reuse, recycle and  rethink more of the planets natural  resources; it’s  about delivering a  spectacular global “Message in a Bottle”.

Here are some exciting facts about the Plastiki Ship  itself:

- The Plastiki is engineered almost entirely from  12,500 reclaimed  plastic bottles that provide 68% of  the boat’s buoyancy.

- The mast is a reclaimed aluminum irrigation pipe.

- The one-of-a-kind sail is hand-made from recycled PET cloth.

- The secondary bonding is reinforced using a newly    developed   organic glue made from cashew nuts and  sugar cane.

- The Plastiki is ‘off-the-grid’ relying primarily on renewable  energy systems including; solarpanels, wind and trailing propeller  turbines, bicycle generators, a urine to water recovery and rain  water catchment system and a hydroponic rotating cylinder  garden.

 

If the Plastiki is not the epitome of recyclable waste, we don’t know what is. It’s our favorite Eco-Awareness Initiative around.  For more information regarding The Plastiki, check out their website.

- Khaleejesque. Images: The Plastiki’s Official Site




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  1. elimary

    i thought that this was such a great idea for my science night project so i decided to make a prezi and talk about how this group made a small change, with a big impact to our world, including the marine life and human life because now many of my friends have taken action and have began composting, recycing and the most important cleaning beaches……so thanks a lot for the big inspiration!!!!!

  2. elimary

    i thought that this was such a great idea for my science night project so i decided to make a prezi and talk about how this group made a small change, with a big impact to our world, including the marine life and human life because now many of my friends have taken action and have began composting, recycing and the most important cleaning beaches……so thanks a lot for the big inspiration!!!!!


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