Follow the extraordinary journey of the Plastiki, a boat built from over 12,000 recycled plastic drinking bottles, as Adventurer David De Rothschild attempts to sail the boat across the Pacific from San Francisco to Sydney.
Plastiki: Build It
This two-part documentary follows the journey of the Plastiki, a boat built from over 12,000 recycled plastic drinking bottles. It’s the eco-dream of adventurer David De Rothschild - his intention is to spread a message of environmental responsibility across the globe. In this first hour, David wrestles with the challenge of finding an environmentally sound recyclable plastic to create the framework to hold the thousands of bottles which will provide its buoyancy. He eventually succeeds – creating an entirely recyclable, aesthetically beautiful 6 person catamaran. After he’s recruited a crew with the same sensibilities as himself, the Plastiki is launched and following a few teething troubles the crew soon settles into its grueling daily routine of 3 hours on, 3 hours off. The documentary follows the daily lives and hazards facing the crew – skippers Jo Royle and David Thompson, film makers Max Jourdan and Vern Moen and eccentric adventurer Olav Heyerdahl, grandson of the original Kontiki Explorer, Thor Heyerdahl.
Plastiki: Sail It
This is the second installment of a two part film tracking the extraordinary adventures of the Plastiki, a boat made from recyclable plastic and nearly 12,000 recycled plastic bottles, which adventurer David de Rothschild sailed across the Pacific from San Francisco to Sydney. The expedition is designed to highlight the issue of the huge amounts of plastic waste polluting the world’s oceans. In this action-packed episode the crew face problem after problem. Soon after crossing the equator the heat of the sun begins to soften the plastic, and the boat begins warp and distort. After emergency repairs in Samoa they face their biggest challenge – to cross the treacherous Tasman Sea as winter storms approach. Sure enough Plastiki is hit by a huge storm, with giant waves dwarfing the boat - putting the crew’s lives in danger. They have to pull together to make it through, but finally they emerge, jubilant. Arriving under Sydney Harbor bridge, the mission has succeeded and through the adventure and the accompanying media coverage, David de Rothschild succeeds in getting the message out about plastic waste to a worldwide audience.