PHOTO: Plastiki

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LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — The “Plastiki”, a large catamaran built from 12,000 soda bottles, sits off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach, Calif. on September 1, 2011.

he Plastiki is back in Long Beach after an 8,000 nautical-mile voyage across the Pacific to Australia by environmentalist and adventurer David De Rothschild. De Rothschild, 31, set off in March to call attention to ocean pollution and nudge individuals and corporations into changing their use of plastic and other materials.

Rothschild and a 5-member crew sailed the strange-looking 60 foot vessel up
and down the West Coast earlier this year. See more pictures / buy reprints>>