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March 21, 2010

11,000 MILES IN A BOAT MADE OF 12,000 BOTTLES

BBC - A boat made of 12,000 plastic bottles has set sail on a voyage from San Francisco to Sydney to spread awareness about pollution in the world's oceans.

Environmentalist and banking heir David De Rothschild and a crew set out on the appropriately named Plastiki catamaran.

Their 11,000-nautical mile journey will go past the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a sea of waste about five times the size of the UK or twice that of Texas.

Four out of five plastic bottles end up in a landfill, according to the UN.

"It is time we beat waste and this is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind issue that needs to be addressed," Mr De Rothschild told the BBC earlier this month.

The 31-year-old adventurer, who has completed expeditions to both poles and various jungles, was already tweeting on Saturday, hours after the boat set sail on its three-month voyage.

"Traveling 2.0 Knots ummm! That's a lot of ocean ahead!" he said on his Twitter page. "Just saw our first bit marine debris - a plastic cup!"

FROM THE TWITTER LOG

Travelling 2.0 Knots ummm! That's a lot of ocean ahead! Big trawler not far ahead of us! just saw our first bit marine debris a plastic cup!

Little drama got caught up on a crab pot had to get under the boat to free up the rudder! First night action! Hard to see em until they onya


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