A big idea with an even bigger impact
Over the summer, The Plastiki catamaran set anchor on the Perot Museum plaza to serve as an inspirational icon for reducing waste and reusing recyclable materials. The 60-foot catamaran made of 12,500 2-liter plastic bottles and other recyclable materials features renewable energy systems including solar panels and a power generating exercise bike. Plastiki was conceived by British adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild and built with his team with a goal to increase awareness of the pollution of the oceans' waters and the 73.9 million pounds of plastic waste that has been dumped into oceans.
And raise awareness it did. After sailing 8,000 nautical miles from San Francisco to cross the Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, Plastiki arrived in Sydney, Australia four months later, and received national media attention. To date, Plastiki continues to inspire people to pledge to reduce their plastic footprint.
Plastiki was on loan to the Perot Museum, courtesy of the ROi Project. If you missed this exceptional display of innovation and commitment to our planet this past summer, please be sure to visit theplastiki.com to learn more.