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Monday, July 26, 2010

Plastiki, the Boat Made of 12,500 Recycled Bottles, Arrives in Australia Intact

Posted By on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM

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It seems like just yesterday that David de Rothschild's Plastiki, a vessel constructed of 12,500 recycled bottles, was setting sail from Sausalito. But 130 days and 8,000 miles later, reports indicate that the Plastiki has reached its destination: Sydney, Australia.  

It apparently wasn't easy.

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National Geographic's blog tells us that "during their third of a

year at sea, the Plastiki's crew

encountered storms, searing heat, high swell, ripped sails, and a host

of day-to-day challenges. They shared cramped quarters, ate food grown

in an on-board garden, and broadcast updates on their progress via Twitter, YouTube,

Facebook, Flickr,

a blog,

and a number of media interviews from the boat."

If all that doesn't somehow eventually destroy the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (said purpose of the journey), we don't know what will. We really don't.

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