Plastiki

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Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about this guy David de Rothschild and his forthcoming voyage to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on his forthcoming plastic bottle vessel, the Plastiki.

David de Rothschild

David de Rothschild

The boat and journey are loosely modeled on the adventures of Thor Heyderdahl, that salty Norweigian who sailed great oceanic distances on a flimsy-looking balsawood raft in the style of a Peruvian pae-pae.

Press coverage of this venture has been a joy to read. De Rothschild, in case you didn’t know, is an heir. In addition to personal wealth, he also has a posh British accent, rugged facial hair and his own eco TV show on the Sundance Channel.

According to Treehugger: “De Rothschild is a fascinating eco-warrior. He is gorgeous, rich and extremely eligible. ”

GOOD published this illuminating Q&A along with a sexy photo of de Rothschild sprawled in a bed of plastic. The New York Times did a thing. Even The New Yorker ran a profile.

But my favorite piece so far and by far—judged on both tone and informational content—is this SF Weekly blog post. Yay snark. Enjoy.

Oh, and not surprisingly, this guy has a sizable YouTube pressence.

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6 Responses to “Plastiki”

  1. Beth Terry, aka Fake Plastic Fish Says:

    I was THERE the day of that press conference! I was helping my friend Kathleen Egan (the artist who built the Plastic Wave sculpture that was displayed outside the Plastiki press conference location) move the wave, and then I had an awesome interview with her. Hoping to post it on Fake Plastic Fish tomorrow morning.

    One thing I want to add about David de R: He looks just like Jesus. Not that I’ve met Jesus in person. But I’m sure if I did, I’d mistake him for DdR. Same piercing eyes. Oh, and I did get to see the Plastiki in its current state when Kathleen and I were hanging out at Pier 29-1/2, but since I understand nothing about boats, I can’t really comment. I’m just glad that if the thing sinks, DdR will be able to walk back across the water and hopefully carry his crew with him to safety.

  2. Leila Darabi Says:

    Beth, you crack me up. Can’t wait to read the interview with Kathleen.

  3. Beth Terry, aka Fake Plastic Fish Says:

    Here is is!

    http://www.fakeplasticfish.com/2009/06/kathleen-egan-surfing-plastic-wave.html

  4. Capturing the plastic vortex « everydaytrash Says:

    […] of this ambitious plan featuring the co-founder, entrepeneur Doug Woodring (not to be confused with David de Rothschild’s Plastiki). Photo by Robert Sanford via […]

  5. sirine rached Says:

    hope the plastiki doesn’t sink, that wud defeat the point of being eco at all! perhaps the garbage patch will then become a garbage reef, or even, mountain?

  6. david Says:

    considering the rothschilds are the very ones using global warming to try and bring about their new world order it is only logical that a member of their family would promote of all things being green.its been known for a long time global warming or the climate would be used by the rich bankers to seize control of the worlds community by having everyone pay a tax to an entity such as the un. even though the ice samples for thousands of years tell us that this world has gone through this many times before. just as greenland was once green and iceland was covered in snow.

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