Plastiki expedition

June 15, 2009 at 8:17 am Leave a comment

plastikiEco-adventurer David de Rothschild plans to sail 11,000 miles from San Francisco to Sydney by way of the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch on his 60-foot catamaran called the Plastiki.  That in itself is a big deal, the amazing thing is that the catamaran is made of used two-liter plastic bottles!  “Our philosophy of throwing everything away has to change,” says de Rothschild. “I want to use the Plastiki as a platform to help people think of waste as a resource.”

Since 2005, de Rothschild’s company, Adventure Ecology, has promoted his expeditions to help teach school children about environmental issues like global warming.

His mission illustrates his desire not to merely raise awareness but to find solutions to global warming:

  • Scientist will study topics like ocean acidification, coral bleaching, and marine debris and publish a paper at the end of the trip.
  • The Plastiki will be 100 percent recyclable. The boat’s framework, made of plastic bottles demonstrates how unconventional thinking can produce more ecologically sensitive solutions.

“Bottled water has become a symbol of convenience more than anything,” says de Rothschild. “The best question to ask is, ‘When did we get so thirsty?”

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