It seems that more and more people are on new journies to discover what recycled plastic bottles can do. Well, David de Rothschild is another such guy, who is building his boat in San Francisco pier.
He will be traveling from San Francisco to Sydney, an 11,000 mile journey, let’s cross our fingers he stays afloat. I will try to be there when he takes off to take some footage and farewell. (maybe I can give him a Zedomax.com sticker…)
The plastic sailboat is taking shape in an old pier building not far from this city’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Here, thousands of two-liter soda bottles are being stripped of their labels, washed, filled with dry-ice powder and then resealed. The dry ice sublimates into carbon dioxide gas and pressurizes the bottle, making it rigid.
The vessel’s twin hulls will be filled with 12,000 to 16,000 bottles. Skin-like panels made from recycled PET, a woven plastic fabric, will cover the hulls and a watertight cabin, which sleeps four.
“This actually is the same material that is made out of bottles,” said de Rothschild of the PET fabric. “We actually wrap the PET fabric over the PET foam and then basically put it under a vacuum, heat it, press it and create these long PET panels. So that means the boat is, technically, one giant bottle.”
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