Plastiki sets sail: will it help change our approach to waste?

Named in honour of Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki raft, which sailed across the Pacific in 1947 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon-Tiki), Plastiki is made mostly from recycled plastic bottles and aims to highlight the damage that non-recycled plastic waste does to the marine environment. In the USa ~38 billion plastic bottles are thrown away each year. The expedition seeks to encourage us to recycle more. You can find out more about their expedition here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8540299.stm & here: http://www.theplastiki.com/.

Plastics in the Pacific Ocean end up as tiny pellets which are floating in a huge mat about 5 times the size of the UK. You can find out more about the dangers of plastic pollution here: https://dlgb.wordpress.com/2008/03/27/how-dangerous-is-plastic-pollution-in-our-seas/

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