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Plastiki sails into Sydney Harbour

07-27-2010 10:58 BJT

The Plastiki, a catamaran made from plastic bottles sailed into Sydney Harbour on Monday.

The Plastiki, a catamaran made from plastic bottles sailed into Sydney Harbour on Monday.
The Plastiki, a catamaran made from plastic bottles 
sailed into Sydney Harbour on Monday.

Captained by the heir to a banking dynasty, David de Rothschild, the Plastiki is made from 12,500 PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and has sailed 8000 nautical miles from San Francisco to Sydney

Mr de Rothschild hopes to raise awareness about the dangers of plastic waste to ocean life and has shared his feelings with Sydney Independent MP and Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

The vessel has attracted worldwide attention since it set sail on March 21.

Six crew members alternated during the four-month journey, passing various islands including New Caledonia and Kiribati.

The current crew includes female skipper Jo Royale and co-skipper David Thomson, who have made the entire voyage with Mr De Rothschild.

Mr de Rothschild will speak about his groundbreaking expedition on the Plastiki at the Seymour Centre on Thursday, July, 29, at 6.30pm. In the Sydney Ideas lecture, co-presented with Sydney University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Mr de Rothschild will discuss his four-month journey and address our “addiction” to plastic.

The Plastiki will be on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum for the next month. To book for the Sydney Ideas lecture, phone 9351 7940 or visit www.sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas.


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