Plastiki, a 60 ft sailboat comprised partially of 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles, recently set sail from San Francisco to Austrailia.

photo by Luca Babini.

The (rather attractive) crew is led by David de Rothschild – the organizer of the whole shabang, Jo Royle – skipper, David Thomson – co-skipper, and you can read about the rest of crew here.

The plastic bottles made up for about 68% of the boat’s buoyancy, the sail is hand-made from recycled PET cloth, and the secondary bonding is a glue made of cashew nuts and sugar cane – which sounds delicious.

The goal of the project is to “educate, entertain and raise awareness of environmental and social issues whilst driving innovative real world solutions.”

I’m for it. And I also hope they have a really great time.

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