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One Man's Garbage is Another Man's Sailboat!

A 60-foot sailboat built largely from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles docked on July 26th in Syndey Harbor, Australia, after four months crossing  8,000 nautical miles of the Pacific Ocean on a trip meant to raise awareness of the perils of plastic waste.  The designers also wanted to prove that waste can be used as a resource through design and construction. The crew of the Plastiki, named in honor of the original Kon-Tiki voyage in 1947, weathered fierce storms after leaving San Francisco on March 20. The 130-day voyage was reasonably trouble free with the craft standing up well to big seas and strong winds of over 60 knots.  The expedition’s leader, David de Rothschild, said he was inspired by a 2006 United Nations report that said pollution, particularly plastic waste, threatened the world’s oceans. He wanted to prove that trash could be effectively reused. The Plastiki, he said, is powered by solar panels and windmills. An organic glue made of sugar cane and cashews holds the bottles together, and the mast is recycled irrigation pipe. The craft has been recycled one more time, this time into an exhibit. The "Plastiki" will spend the next month at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. For more green ideas, visit www.onethingsacramento.com

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07/29/2010 3:18AM
One Man's Garbage is Another Man's Sailboat!
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