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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st edition (March 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452100020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452100029
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Voyage of the Century' - San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

David de Rothschild is the founder of Adventure Ecology, an organization that harnesses the power of dreams and adventures to urge us to move toward a smarter and more sustainable way of living. In 2006, de Rothschild spent over 100 days crossing the Arctic, becoming the youngest British person to reach both geographical poles. He has been named a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a UN Environment Programme Climate Hero. He lives in Los Angeles.

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The book itself is as much a picture book as it is a written text.
wogan
While the plastic message takes precedent, it is also an entertaining adventure for sailors and explorers alike.
Jeff Nijsse
Plastiki is an important book that tells the story of plastic pollution in our oceans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure that the sailing of Plastiki is the greatest adventure of our time, as written on the book's back cover; but it does certainly create some publicity to bring about an awareness to the amount of plastic being used and discarded, especially that which winds up in ever circling waste dumps in the ocean and inside of its inhabitants.
Ask yourself - what did we do before everyone always had to have a bottle in their hand - it wasn't always this way...can we live with out carrying around a drink 24/7? Especially in containers we do not use again.
Then there are the shocking and even ghastly facts that are brought out in the simplest manner ...even facial scrubs have bits of plastic granules - you wash your face and down the drain they go.

This is the story of an adventurer who creates a sailboat/catamaran out of plastic bottles and sails across the ocean. We learn about the building and design, the crew - their thoughts and words, including the grandson of Thor Heyerdahl of Kon Tiki fame. It is an adventure, a sailing story and a nagging worry of the future of this earth - our home that is drowning in a sea of man made trash.

The book itself is as much a picture book as it is a written text. There are charts for ocean friendly seafood choices. It helps to have an interest in sailing, more so in the future of how we live. Sailors, ecologists, marine biologists and members of the planet earth will find this book haunting and worthwhile.

Plastiki was more than a publicity stunt. It aimed to bring recognition to a huge and growing problem of discarded plastic which could be recycled. Yes the US is targeted, but also is the biggest consumer and proportionally the largest refuse producer. This should be a book that all ages should read, look at and learn from and then go forth and do something about the problem.
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By LT on November 17, 2013
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This was an outstanding book and it gave the details of David's journey that made you feel as if you were along on his very courageous adventure. It was an enlightening read and has opened my eyes to the issue and impact of plastic in our environment. As an author you never know who you will touch by your writing, but you can only hope it will touch someone who can help you make a difference. Thank you David.
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Compelling back story for those of us fortunate enough to see the boat on display. Perot Museum in Dallas hosting the exhibit in summer of '13, but the book is highly recommendable on its own.
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THis is a beautifully designed book that gives an overview of the Plastiki project, but also features short essays by significant people working to save our oceans. The simple pages presenting numbers on issues around single-use plastic underscore the problems and make the information very stark.
Any yachtman would also find it interesting to hear how they dealt with the challenges crossing the Pacific.
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