Plastic Boat of Destiny
A British millionaire adventurer plans to sail a 60ft raft made from empty mineral water bottles to the massive waste dump of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean five times the size of the UK.
David de Rothschild, 30, the founder of Adventure Ecology, will set out from San Francisco in April in an attempt to alert the world to the pollution threat from great and horrific Pacific garbage patch.
The area of ocean, known as the north Pacific gyre, attracts waste thanks to the circular pattern of the world’s sea currents.
The United Nations estimates there are 46,000 pieces of plastic, most no bigger than a penny, floating on every square mile of the world’s oceans which is devastating marine life.
The Pacific patch is the biggest concentration, with a plastic mass estimated at 3.5 tons.
Mr de Rothschild is calling his mineral water bottle raft the Plastiki, in honour of Kon-Tiki, the timber and hemp raft used by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who demonstrated South American Indians could have settled in Polynesia.
Rothschild plans to embark on his voyage on April 28, the 62nd anniversary of the start of the 101-day Kon-Tiki expedition.