Traveling the Mississippi River on plastic bottles

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Five men and one boat - all made out of hundreds of old plastic bottles and other recycled materials. That's what people passing by the Mississippi River Museum harbor in Dubuque saw on Wednesday.

Five men stopped in Dubuque on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 as they travel the Mississippi River on a boat made of recycled materials to spread the message of recycling. (Allison Kaleta, KCRG-TV9)

A group of friends who call themselves "Recycle Mississippi" decided to build the craft out of recycled materials to encourage others to recycle in their own ways. The group consists of a film maker, two engineers, and scientists from all over the world.

The design uses plastic bottles for buoyancy and old slabs of wood serve as the deck.

The group is sailing down the Mississippi River starting tomorrow to spread their message.

Dan Cullum, the project leader of Recycle Mississippi talks about their message, "Waste can be used as a resource and can be given a second life as well as it highlights the importance of protecting our water ways.”

The crew will leave Dubuque on Thursday morning and hopes to reach the mouth of the Mississippi by the end of August.