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    The Plastiki Arrives in Sydney

    The 130-Day Voyage Across the Pacific Has Come to an End

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UPDATE: PLASTIKI HAS ARRIVED IN SYDNEY

David de Rothschild and a crew of experts, scientists, and creatives will sail 12,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Sydney in a boat made out of plastic bottles and recycled waste products. This epic voyage is named the Plastiki, taking inspiration from Thor Heyerdal's 1947 expedition the Kontiki.


Through this audacious and bold adventure the Plastiki aims to draw attention to the rethinking of everyday human fingerprints on the natural world and in turn capturing the world's imagination by telling a story, that of the pioneering and sustainable design process that created and built the Plastiki, and of the oceans and the many challenges it and its inhabitants face.


This extraordinary ocean voyage will see the Plastiki sail through a number of fragile and ecologically challenged regions, from the world’s largest waste dump to the Line Islands and Tuvalu.


The team aims to captivate and inspire, as well as to motivate tomorrow's environmental thinkers and doers to take positive action for the planet and be smart with waste. Ultimately, they hope to inspire people to rethink waste as a valuable resource. One person's waste could be another person's treasure.

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    Take the Plastiki Pledge

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    The Innovation for Biodiversity Photo Contest, sponsored by Plastiki and National Geographic, seeks photos that highlight interesting and cutting-edge solutions to the biodiversity crisis.

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    Explore the Plastiki

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We are committed to protecting the last wild places in the ocean.

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