Plastiki – The Ghost of the Kon-Tiki?

Is the Plastki the “ghost” of the Kon-Tiki?

All right, maybe there is little relationship between the two… erm, boats.

Kon-Tiki was the raft used by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in his 1947 expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands. It was named after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, for whom “Kon-Tiki” was said to be an old name. Kon-Tiki is also the name of the popular book that Heyerdahl wrote about his adventures. (Wikipedia) .

Kon-Tiki - Image: Wikipedia

Kon-Tiki inspired both a movie and a book, both.

Plastiki, while having a similar purpose, and made of more modern materials, is in the news today as it sailed into Sydney’s Darling Harbor after a an 8000 nautical mile voyage from San Francisco.

The boat is made of some 12,500 PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles. 

Why do it?   

“People need to start reducing the amount of plastic waste in the world’s oceans,” said David de Rothschild of the banking dynasty.

Plastiki - Image: ABC News

“You go a couple of hundred miles off the coast, and nobody is claiming responsibility,” he added, “which allows people just to do what they want, and allows them to abuse the ocean’s depth, and its so-called scale. To literally take all of our fish resources or to dump plastic indiscriminately.”

considerably roomier than its “predecessor”, the Plastiki  was built using cradle to cradle design philosophies and features many renewable energy systems, including solar panels, wind and trailing propeller turbines, and bicycle generators.

As a writer, I can only wonder how quickly we will see both a book and a movie about this adventure.

Perhaps you will be the first to write the unauthorized story of the voyage?


One response to “Plastiki – The Ghost of the Kon-Tiki?

  1. What a wonderful way to make a wonderful voyage.
    Richard: Gonna rest awhile so I can have enough energy to read Marsillio Ficino’s commentary on the Symposium.
    So I might seem a little ‘nuts’ in the next little while. Just so you don’t worry, anyone. I’m saying Richard, in favorable return for your calling of me by the name Loreen.
    Thank you.

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