Plastiki catamaran begins 11,000-mile odyssey

The composites-intensive Plastiki features 12,500 reclaimed PET bottles and is designed to draw attention to waste accumulating in the Earth's oceans.

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Adventure Ecology (San Francisco, Calif., USA) founder and environmentalist David de Rothschild and his crew, Jo Royle, David Thomson, Olav Heyerdahl along with National Geographic filmmaker Max Jourdan and Myoo Media’s Vern Moen, set sail over the March 20 weekend on the Plastiki, a unique 60-ft/18.3m catamaran engineered from approximately 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles and srPET, a fully recyclable material. An ‘off-the-grid’ vessel relying primarily on renewable energy systems, the Plastiki and her crew will journey more than 11,000 nautical miles drawing attention to the health of oceans, in particular the large amounts of plastic debris, by showcasing waste as a resource and demonstrating real world solutions through the design and construction of the Plastiki.

The Plastiki began her adventure nearly four years ago after taking inspiration from a report issued by UNEP called "Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas" and Thor Heyerdahl’s epic 1947 expedition, The Kon-Tiki. True to Adventure Ecology’s values, a compelling and pioneering expedition was needed that would not only inform, but would also captivate, activate and educate the world that waste is fundamentally inefficient design. The Plastiki expedition took influence from the principles of cradle-to-cradle design and biomimicry before being realized by a multifaceted team from the fields of marine science, sustainable design, boat building, architecture and material science.

To follow the Plastiki on its journey, visit the expedition’s online mission control: for regular updates, GPS positioning, crew
blogs, photography and mini-films.