American Eco Adventurer David de Rothschild is sailing his way to Coffs Harbour on empty soft drink bottles.
American Eco Adventurer David de Rothschild is sailing his way to Coffs Harbour on empty soft drink bottles.

Drink to this recycled bottle boat

COFFS Harbour has hosted its share of weird and wonderful vessels over the years.

But a soft drink bottle sailing boat that’s crossing the Pacific might just end up being the most bizarre.

The hull of the 60-foot catamaran, known as The Plastiki, is made from 16,000 recycled plastic bottles.

Its crew of eco-adventurers set sail from San Francisco in mid March and this week reached New Caledonia. They’re now preparing for 100 days at sea before they reach the Australian mainland. The boat is expected to sail into Coffs Harbour in October/November before completing its journey in Sydney. Skipper of the vessel, environmentalist David de Rothschild, says the Plastiki carries with it an important universal message.

“The Pacific voyage is intended to highlight the growing amount of plastic waste in the oceans and to spur public debate on finding ways to turn the waste into a resource,” he said. “The trip is symbolic of how tonnes of trash are discarded on a daily basis and how it piles up at the landfill and could actually be recycled with ease.”



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