Tuesday, March 10, 2009


National Geographic - Explorer, environmentalist, and British celebrity David de Rothschild will set out on a 11,000-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean at the end of March - in a boat made of plastic bottles. Created from a special composite of recycled plastic, de Rothschild's boat is a 60-foot (18-meter) catamaran called Plastiki.

De Rothschild will steer the fiberglass-like frame, made buoyant by the addition of 12,000 two-liter plastic bottles along the hulls, from San Francisco to Sydney-with several island stops-on an exploration of plastic litter-the most common in the type of ocean pollution.