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In a few weeks David de Rosthschild, heir to one of the world’s greatest monetary fortunes, will set sail in a boat made from discarded plastic bottles and recycled waste to highlight the plight of the Pacific Ocean which is slowly being choked to death by waste plastic – in particular in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a rubbbish covered area of ocean hundreds of miles wide polluted with tens of thousands of pieces of plastic and other rubbish per square mile. The Garbage Patch is situated North West of Hawaii. The waste – warappers, bottles, plastic debris, fragments and other materials originally comes from coastal cities in Asia and the USA and ends up trapped in thre North Pacific Gyre, a huge vortex of water currents. The thirty year old campaigner has constructed his boat to form a hull filled with 12,000 plastic bottles held together with a specially recycled plastic called srPET and he aims to complete sea trials shortly and then head off on a 10,500 mile journey ending up in Sydney Australia with de Rothschild hoping to focus global awareness on marine debris and pollution. David says “I want the Plastiki to make a statement that it’s our lack of reuse, uses and disposal that is at fault – not the materials themselves” adding “the plastic water bottle epitomises this throwaway disposable society”. Earlier this year a raft made of 15,000 old water bottles known as the Junk Raft and champoined by oceanographer Charles Moore who first indentifie d the problem was sailed through the Garbage Patch to raise awareness of the same issues.
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