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The 'Plastiki', a boat made from 12,500 plastic bottles, completes her 8,000-nautical mile trans-Pacific voyage from San Francisco as she enters Sydney Harbour on July 26, 2010.
What can 12,500 plastic bottles do for you? How about a boat that travels around the world in (more than) 80 days! The Plastiki catamaran, made from plastic bottles and recyclable products, ended its 8,000 mile, 4-month voyage on Monday as it docked in Sydney, Australia. The six crew members, including environmentalist David de Rothschild and skipper Jo Royle, set out in March to raise awareness about the over 60-million bottles used each year and the plastic debris that litters our oceans. We chatted with Rothschild and Royle in April in the midst of their expedition and today, Royle recounts Plastiki’s famous journey and the plastic boat that could-and did.
Jo Royle, Plastiki’s skipper