If you’ve been
reading my blog or Tweets for a while, you know I’m not a fan of plastic. Well David de Rothschild, founder of Adventure
Ecology, has found a way
to make plastic work. After being
inspired almost four years ago by a United Nations Environment Programme report
(, de Rothschild had an idea to build the
world’s first boat made completely of recycled plastic bottles. David and his crew, heading from San
Francisco to Sydney, set sail on “The Plastiki” last week.
The Plastiki, a
60-foot catamaran, is named after the Kon-Tiki -- the raft used by Norwegian
explorer and writer, Thor Heyerdahl, in his 1947 expedition across the Pacific
Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands.
The Plastiki is made of 12,500 reclaimed plastic
bottles. She will travel 11,000
nautical miles across the Pacific to both raise awareness about the condition
of our oceans as well as to see first hand the impact we people having on the
environment. The Great Eastern
Garbage Patch is one of
the destinations prior to completing the journey three months later in Sydney.
I was lucky
enough to be invited to the press’ unveiling a few weeks ago. I met the Plastiki team and was even
able to go on board and check her out myself. David de Rothschild’s passion for this project and the
environment is obvious. For the
past several years his life has been dedicated to saving our planet – even at
great risk of his own.
Jo Royle, The
Plastiki’s award-winning skipper (hear my interview with her), was super-sweet and very
enthusiastic about spreading the message about plastic and other pollutants in
our oceans. Jo shared something
that really made such an impact on me
-- and makes no sense to her:
The boating industry is responsible for producing incredibly toxic
waste, even though their own captains and crews see the effects first hand.
Isn’t time to change?
super-interesting person (and crew member) I met was Olav Heyerdahl -- Thor
Heyerdahl’s (Norwegian explorer, writer and Captain of the Kon-Tiki mentioned
above) grandson. Olav shared some
of his own experiences sailing the world, comparing his journeys to those of
his grandfather’s, via diaries and logs meticulously kept by the elder
Heyerdahl. Since his grandfather’s
travels, the condition of our oceans has changed drastically. Where sharks made it nearly impossible
for his grandfather to swim, Olav said he has seen only a few. Where his grandfather was able to eat
tuna daily, Olav only had one such, because there just wasn’t any tuna to be
caught. Olav, unfortunately, has
seen an abundance of trash, especially plastic; his grandfather, however, saw
none. In fact, his grandfather
never recorded seeing any man-made debris.
Not that I’m an
expert on boat building, but my first impression was how sleek she is. Nothing I saw made me think she
was built from recycled materials.
Actual bottles make up the body of the boat and provide nearly 70% of
her buoyancy. The glue, made
especially for The Plastiki, is a special mix of cashews and sugar (ok, yum!). The sails are one of the first to be
made from recycled plastic and the masts are constructed from aluminum irrigation
the expedition coordinator, demonstrated one of the most unique and interesting
features of the boat – the on-board bicycle. The bike has a dual purpose: 1) to help prevent loss
of muscle mass, and 2) to generate power.
One of my most
favorite features was the vegetable garden. As a nutritionist and vegetarian, I thought this was such a
great idea. Having on-board access
to fresh, organic greens will no doubt help keep everyone healthy.
It took immense
effort to make The Plastiki as sustainable as possible and if it’s possible for
a boat, it’s no doubt possible for any building or structure. The homes we live in, the cars we
drive, the offices we work in can all be made less toxic! The technology is out
there. It takes commitment, but as
David de Rothschild, his crew and the developing team have proven, it’s
I commend them
all on their dedication. David
said that one of his goals was to show that it could be done. The Plastiki will definitely inspire other industries to
head in the same direction.
Now I ask you,
dear readers, how can you raise awareness and have an impact?
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