Posts Tagged ‘Plasitiki Expedition’
Here’s a long one for Blog Action Day 2010 and change.org.
July was a big month for ocean policy and global attention on polluted oceans.
On July 19 President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes. His order adopted the 96-page Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force and directs Federal agencies to take the appropriate steps to implement them.
A boat made out of more than 12,000 used plastic water bottles is on its way to Sydney, Australia, thus attempting to prove several things: That it can be done; that trash can be useful; and that the huge swath of plastic trash and other debris known as the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch should never happen again.
David de Rothschild’s Plastiki – a 60-foot catamaran made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles – could also launch a new approach to boat-building, without fiberglass.
The Plastiki started on its 12,000 journey from San Francisco to Sydney recently with a goal of drawing attention to the health, or lack thereof, of the world’s oceans. The vessel’s itinerary is bringing it close to Hawaii, the Bikini Atoll, and the Tarawa Islands. Its course will follow the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where floating plastic covers an area twice the size of Texas.
I posted a version of this on Triple Pundit this week and wanted to put it on this site for my faithful readers, whoever and wherever you are.
Waste can be a resource according to David de Rothschild, the handsome, 30-year-old heir to the famed European banking fortune. He’s the guiding light behind the Adventure Ecology eco-community and the star/host of the Sundance Channel’s aptly named Eco-Trip show, which features a mostly bemused, angry or surprised de Rothschild confronting various ecological topics and absurdities on a weekly basis.
The thing that is getting him the most publicity right now is his Plastiki Expedition. It’s a project with a dual purpose: To design and build an entirely recyclable and eco-friendly 60-foot catamaran “yacht” made of thousands of reclaimed plastic bottles, and to sail this revolutionary and surprisingly high-tech craft to the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch as a demonstration both of what humans are doing to the oceans and a think-different message of what is possible to make out of the trash we make and dump.
I was reading about David de Rothschild and his Plastiki Expedition yesterday in a New Yorker article. He’s building an entirely recyclable boat out of plastic water bottles and aims to sail it to the Eastern Garbage Patch sometime this year.