Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Let's go sailing on the Plastiki!

The Plastiki is Mr. David de Rothschild's (youngest heir to the fortune of Europe's oldest and most respected banking families) boat made out of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles.

As of today, he has travelled 76 nautical miles which equals to the length of 481,536 plastic bottles. All these plastic bottles are only 0.0080% of what is being thrown away by Americans alone. The entire project aims to focus global awareness on the thoughtless, unnecessary damage plastic inflicts on the world’s oceans and potentially guide people towards more constructive ways to re-use plastic. During the next 90 days the crew, directed by skipper Jo Royle, will travel about 11,000 nautical miles from San Francisco, California to Sydney, Australia.

The so-called Great Pacific Garbage patch is a focal point of the expedition. Ocean currents from North American and Asian shores sweep along floating plastic, funneling it towards the island of trash, which is already larger than France and Germany combined and this is only 50% of all plastic products that end up in the ocean. Imagine if it's 100% of all the plastic products, it can create it's own continent with it's own plastic people :). The patch also has serious implications for pollution such as Polychlorinated Byphenyls (PCB) or DDT and could have serious health impacts if they’re absorbed into fish consumed by people.

This expedition is not trying to tell us that plastic is bad so let's ban it for good but to tell us people to re-use and recycle plastic instead of throwing it away to the dumps. It is a recyclable product so why not just recycle it? It is not much of an effort putting it in the recycling bin. Would you like it if your neighbour litters your home? No right. Well that's what we are doing to the our neighbour, the Ocean. Let's be responsible individuals and recycle. It is not that hard.

Tip of the day: See above! Don’t be Trashy - Recycle!!

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