26 Jul 2010

Plastiki skipper calls for people to take responsibility for state of oceans

7:38 pm on 26 July 2010

The Plastiki, a boat made of 12,500 plastic bottles, has arrived in Sydney to cheers from hundreds of well-wishers who came out to witness the end of her-four month voyage across the Pacific.

Skipper of the Plastiki, David De Rothschild, says he was totally overwhelmed by completing the epic 15 thousand kilometre voyage.

The vessel, made from reclaimed soft drink bottles and fully-recyclable plastic, began its voyage in San Francisco on March 21st to raise awareness about plastic waste in oceans.

The US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, paid tribute to the crew and their cause to raise awareness of unnecessary plastic waste littering oceans.

Mr De Rothschild says the idea came to him after he'd read a United Nations report detailing the threat posed by plastic waste in the world's oceans.

He says people need to really engage with the oceans, to re-nurture them, and take responsibility for them.