The Plastiki Expedition

During my search for artifacts, I came across a unique endeavor: the Plastiki Expedition. On March 22, 2010, 6 people set off to sail from San Francisco to Sydney (more than 11,000 miles)—in a boat made primarily of plastic bottles! 12,500 reclaimed bottles were used to create the boat, along with other reclaimed and recycled materials.

I explored Plastiki’s website ( and found a wealth of informational materials, including posters and PDF booklets. The materials draw attention to how citizens’ overuse of plastic leads to pollution in oceans and the death of hundreds of thousands of birds and marine mammals.

I love the Plastiki’s philosophy (found under the Press Release section), especially the following statements:

It’s about recognizing that waste is fundamentally a design flaw (it does not appear in nature)

It’s about acknowledging that we don’t have all the answers and that nobody is as smart as everybody

It’s about being collaborative and curious so to engage multiple perspectives, skills, opinions and organizations

It’s about constantly learning, unlearning and re‐learning

It’s about moving on from just articulating the problems and inspiring action of the solutionsIt’s about encouraging the world to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink more of the planets natural resources

While I clearly do not have the skills needed to create a sailboat, this project has inspired me with its creative, non-traditional approach and positive messages.

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