The project to bring the Plastiki to the UK from its base educating visitors in Texas is complete. This is Phase 1 of a 3 phase project to use Plastiki’s 10th Anniversary as a platform to raise awareness of solutions to the now very well-known and researched environmental problem of one-use plastics. Phase 2 – refurbishment – is underway.
As part of the legacy, David has pushed for the 7th of June to become an internationally recognized day to beat plastic pollution. Support for the concept is growing.
The Plastiki website now provides an inspirational and engaging history of the project as well as accessible resources for learning about the issues – 10th Anniversary Film
The project has not been able to proceed as planned due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the refurbishment work required will continue in Plymouth during 2020 and the project will go ahead – a year later than planned – in 2021 with a tour starting on the Thames outside the Houses of Parliament and culminating at the COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. Existing partnerships are being strengthened and new partnerships have been formed, for example with Gucci, the Lonely Whale and the Captain Planet Foundation – which have initiated a Plastiki Grant for their Network of Young Ocean Heroes – Plastiki Grant
We will keep you updated on progress and urge everyone to batten down the hatches and stay safe for the present.
Photo courtesy of Perot Museum of Nature and Science