People appreciation

Maybe you’ve heard of David de Rothschild, British banking heir, and his plan to sail his catamaran (named Plastiki!) which is made from various kinds of trash.  Trash floats it.  Next month de Rothschild plans to sail from San Francisco to a huge floating garbage patch in the Pacific, and from there, to Australia.  His objective is to publicize environment ills.  Nearly 12,000 two-liter bottles buoy up the Plastiki.  As you may have guessed, the structure of the boat is made from recycled plastic.  The drawing below looks like a toy boat, but actually it is huge.  That’s a cabin on top, made from  Styrofoam cups.

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8 thoughts on “People appreciation

  1. Kathleen Rowland

    Reba, it’s 60 feet long! I noticed on the internet that someone is selling models of the Plastiki. Another way to draw attention to this expedition to the floating trash dump!

  2. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kiwana, one major expanse is between Hawaii and Japan. This is the largest one. It’s held in place by swirling underwater currents.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Pinky, it was, and a paper was written up on it. Also sailor Charles Moore, returning home through the North Pacific Gyre after competing in the Transpac race in 1997, came upon this enormous stretch of floating debris.

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