Plastiki Completes Epic Plastic Journey

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You’ve heard of a message in a bottle. Now there’s a message made of bottles. (via National Geographic)

The journey of Plastiki, a 60-foot boat made out of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles, came to an end Monday as the boat made a triumphant entrance into Sydney harbor, four months and 8,000 miles after it set sail from California. Plastiki’s crew, led by environmentalist David de Rothschild, conceived of the journey as a way to bring attention to the environmental impact of plastic waste on the Pacific.

Well, consider attention brought: According to The Guardian, nearly 8 million pieces pieces of trash enter the world’s oceans every day. The Pacific is home to so much garbage that a giant trash vortex twice the size of Texas has accumulated in the middle of its currents.

Plastiki’s crew visited the garbage patch, but also encountered difficulties more expected of a nautical journey: storms, blistering heat and cramped conditions. Because it is 2010, they catalogued their entire journey on Twitter, YouTube and even Flickr. The crew’s official filmmaker even chose to stay on board for the birth of his first child witnessing the occasion on Skype. Now that’s dedication to a cause.

3 comments
dougswanson3732
dougswanson3732

A couple of things:  Verbosity can also tell the other direction -- if it is filled with actual facts.  When I am helping someone make a decision I will give them every little scrap of information I can think of because I want that decision to be informed.  However it's interesting that someone from Madison participated in this study because we have a company here that sells windows, remodeling, cars, you name it and their commercials scream out "we're lying" and follow item number one to a "T".  And probably would follow #2 if they could swear on TV.

jimmycog
jimmycog

It was not that long ago when " I, and Me" we're discourage, "we and us" we about team building, shared acomplishmen, the group. Now it flags one as a lier. Hmmmmm

Openminded1
Openminded1

Easy just ask them if they are a democrat, if the person says yes , you know they are a liar case over.