A Junk made of Junk to raise awareness about Junk
The word “nurdle” first graced the “pages” of Mauka to Makai on May 7 (click here to see the original post). Now nurdles and the Pacific Trash Vortex are about to get a lot more attention thanks to two adventuresome activists.
Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal are raising awareness about plastic in our oceans by sailing from Long Beach, CA to Hawaii on a junk (a traditional Chinese square-bottomed boat with a square sail) made from junk. The 2,000-mile crossing should take close to 6 weeks, as far as they have it figured, and the clock started Sunday June 8th.
Their craft? A shortened cockpit of a Cessna 310 strapped down to a raft of sailboat masts, and floated on 6 pontoons made from recycled plastic bottles and discarded fishing nets. Check out their progress on their blog.