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Skipper departs on plastic boat

A banking heir adventurer sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge last weekend and out of San Francisco Bay as co-skipper aboard the trans-Pacific expedition vessel Plastiki, bound for Sydney, Australia.

View an image gallery of the departure here.

The catamaran vessel is built using a material known as PT, which is created purely from recycled plastic bottles and the expedition aims to raise awareness of how it is possible to use our garbage to great benefit. The voyage will also highlight the man-made horror of the Pacific Garbage Patch - vast swaths of waste that have accumulated in this beautiful and sensitive ocean. Some 12,500 plastic bottles have been used in the construction of Plastiki and, in fact, the entire vessel could be recycled post-voyage and transformed into computer casings, for example.

Click here for information on the project.