27 Jul 2010

Plastiki set to continue campaign highlighting the poor health of the ocean

3:39 pm on 27 July 2010

The Plastiki, a catamaran built out of 12 thousand 500 recycled plastic bottles which has just completed a voyage across the Pacific, will continue to be used in campaigns about marine debris, over fishing and the health of the oceans.

The Plastiki's eight thousand nautical mile voyage from San Francisco to Sydney finished yesterday.

It aimed to raise awareness about the growing amount of plastic waste clogging the ocean.

The craft's skipper, internationally recognised sailor, Jo Royle, says they want people thinking about increasingly wasteful bad habits such as the single use made of some plastic items.

"We leave the house without our clean canteen and we are thirsty. So we buy this plastic water bottle from the newsagency, drink the water in five minutes and throw the water bottle away. And that water bottle lasts in our planet for more that five hundred years. We don't know exactly how long it lasts, we don't know if it ever disappears, but it definitely lasts for more than 500 years, and that is crazy."

The skipper of the Plastiki, Jo Royle.