The aim was to draw attention to the pollution of the world’s oceans and seas. A catamaran made out of 12,500 plastic bottles has arrived in Sydney after a four-month voyage from San Francisco.
The yacht, named Plastiki, made stops in several Pacific nations, receiving wide-spread media coverage. The skipper was David de Rothschild, a descendent of the well-known British banking family.
“I think the hard work begins today,” he said. “It’s about trying to explain this really dumb issue that we have: we’ve got this crazy problem with plastic in our ocean, that is not abating, we’ve got this addiction to single use plastics. I wish we were standing here today saying we’ve solved the problem, but obviously we’ve a long, long, long way to go to doing that.”
The Plastiki is named after the Kon-tiki raft sailed across the Pacific in 1947 by explorer Thor Heyerdahl.
As well as being made of recycled plastic, the vessel is powered by solar energy.