It is powered by solar, wind and sea turbines. An exercise bike powers onboard laptops. There is a “composting” bathroom; gardens to grow food. 31-year-old adventurer, environmentalist and banking heir David De Rothschild is backer and a crew member.
Four out of five plastic bottles end up in a landfill, according to the UN.
Critics say the expedition perpetuates the belief that plastic use is acceptable, if it is recycled. They say people should cut it out entirely.