Skip to main content

Trash day in Sydney: Recycled Plastiki completes 8,300-mile eco-voyage

Trash day in Sydney: Recycled Plastiki completes 8,300-mile eco-voyage

Plastiki arrives in Sydney

It’s easy to root for Plastiki, the plucky plastic catamaran made from thousands of recycled bottles, which arrived Monday in Australia, sailing past the Sydney Opera House, after finishing its mission to draw attention to all the swirling plastic polluting our oceans. The vessel had set out in March from San Francisco to tour the enormous marine trash circle known as the “great Pacific garbage patch,” according to media reports. (My favorite headline was from the Toronto Globe and Mail: “Plastiki a Message in 12,500 Bottles.”)

The eco-boat made it to Australia with a mostly British six-member crew led by banking heir David de Rothschild, who will display the vessel and speak Wednesday night at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. The 8,300-mile journey was inspired in part by the Kon-Tiki, the raft that Thor Heyerdahl sailed across the Pacific in 1947 as part of his research on Polynesian migration routes.

The Plastiki crew, which varied during the journey, included documentary filmmaker Vern Moen of Long Beach; a group from National Geographic that also filmed the sailing; and expedition diver Olav Heyerdahl, a civil engineer and grandson of Thor Heyerdahl.



You can visit Plastiki’s website to track every aspect of this journey, from the design feat that kept the Plastiki afloat to videos of Pacific storms that the crew encountered.

—Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photo (top):

The Plastiki catamaran sails into Sydney Harbor. Credit:

Photo (bottom): Skipper Jo Royle, left, and David de Rothschild arrive in Australia on Monday. Credit:

Posted via email from eWaste Disposal and Recycling

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Bottled Water Carries Hidden Cost to Earth

Good for You, Bad for Mother Earth? | $1.79 might seem like a small price to pay for a bottle of water. But it costs the Earth far more than that.

Compared to a liter of tap water, producing a liter of bottled water requires as much as 2,000 times more energy, according to the first analysis of its kind. The study also found that our nation's bottled water habit sucked up the equivalent of 32 to 54 million barrels of oil last year.

"The bottom line is that we should understand better the implications of our choices," said Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, Calif. "It suggests more ways to reduce energy use than maybe we otherwise think of."

Bottled water is a big business that is rapidly getting bigger. From 1976 to 2007, the average amount of bottled water drunk per person per year in the United States jumped from about 6 liters (1.6 gallons) to 116 liters (30.6 gallons).

In 2007, …


Air pollution can cause serious health problems. Rarely, it can even kill people — and we’re not exaggerating. That’s why we care so much about the laws that protect us from air pollution. Read on to learn more about the specific parts of our bodies that are affected by air pollution. Air pollution can be made of tiny particles or gases, and these get into your body when you breathe. Different types of air pollution do different things inside your body. Air pollution can directly irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, before it even gets into the lungs. It can cause runny nose, itchy eyes, and scratchy throat. LUNGS When you breathe in, air moves through your nose or mouth, down your throat into your trachea, and then into your lungs. Pollution can irritate the airways. When that happens, muscles around the bronchi get tight; the lining of the bronchi swell; and the bronchi produce excess mucous. When the airways are constricted, it b…

Hazardous Waste

A hazardous waste is a waste with a chemical composition or other properties that make it capable of causing illness, death, or some other harm to humans and other life forms when mismanaged or released into the environment. PLEASE NOTE This new page is part of our Hazardous Waste Management Program web page update process and is under construction. The links to the left will take you to the main Hazardous Waste page, as well as the general category pages, and the Related Links are those links related to the content on the page.  longer be available.  DEFINING HAZARDOUS WASTE A waste is a hazardous waste if it is a listed waste, characteristic waste, used oil and mixed wastes. Specific procedures determine how waste is identified, classified, listed, and delisted. TYPES OF HAZARDOUS WASTE Hazardous waste is divided into different types (e.g., universal waste) or categories, including RCRA hazardous waste and non-RCRA hazardous waste. Properly categorizing a hazardous waste is necessary f…