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The Plastic Plastik Boat | Eco-Friendly Catamaran Plastiki | Rothschild Our Role On This Planet

Updated on May 17, 2015

The world would be a better place if we promoted peace and kindness. This goes for taking care of our environment too. I often write on eliminating plastic bottles, filtering tap water, saving coral reefs and avoiding chemicals and even avoiding chemicals in our sun tan lotions. This article is unique - it is reusing those plastic bottles in a fashion close to a great joy of mine - boating. Imagine a boat made of recycled plastic bottles?! Yes! And it is powered by nothing other than the wind! The boat has been aptly named "The Plastiki" and the boat's creator designed and built it to raise awareness about our waste with a special emphasis upon marine debris. During an expedition in 2010 its Captain David de Rothschild sailed from San Francisco to Sydney.See the boat, learn more about the inventor and the captain and take heed to reduce waste or better yet - encourage recycled boats!

"We don't inherit the Earth, we borrow it from our children."

Jo Royle Dave De Rothschild and Plastiki

Jo Royle Dave De Rothschild and Plastiki
Jo Royle Dave De Rothschild and Plastiki | Source

David de Rothschild and Plastiki Catamaran Boat

David de Rothschild's catarmaran called Plastiki showcasing an eco friendly boat
David de Rothschild's catarmaran called Plastiki showcasing an eco friendly boat | Source
David de Rothschild - Plastiki and the eco friendly catarmaran
David de Rothschild - Plastiki and the eco friendly catarmaran | Source

Ecology Showcase Real World Solutions

David de Rothschild

"There's a native Indian proverb that says we don't inherit the Earth, we borrow it from our children. Children have a boundless enthusiasm, energy, and optimism for tackling issues and finding solutions. We want to catch them before they lose their curiosity about the natural world. But in protecting our children, we've also made it very hard for them to go out and experience nature." -David de Rothschild, named 2007 Emerging Explorer in National Geographic. The British banking heir founded Adventure Ecology, where his mission is to combine education with his environmental treks around the world."

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"..unique 128-day, 8,000-mile (12,900-kilometer) journey across the Pacific Ocean."

Plastiki's Journey San Francisco to Sydney

San Francisco, CA:
San Francisco, CA, USA

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Sidney, Austraila:
Sydney NSW, Australia

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Family History - European Dynasty - Banking Heir

The irony of this story is the Captain and creator of this boat is from a family of great wealth - a European banking family that goes back generations. Wikipedia shares with us these facts about this inventive family:

"The Rothschild family (known as The House of Rothschild,[1] or more simply as the Rothschilds) is a European dynasty of German Jewish origin that established European banking and finance houses from the late eighteenth century. Five lines of the Austrian branch of the family were elevated into the Austrian nobility, being given hereditary baronies of the Habsburg Empire by Emperor Francis II in 1816. The British branch of the family was elevated into the British nobility by Queen Victoria.[2] It has been argued that during the 19th century, the family as a whole possessed by far the largest private fortune in the world, and by far the largest fortune in modern history.[3]"

Setting Sail for New Leadership and New Territories

David de Rothshchild has set sail into new territories for mankind to be kinder to our environment - our home - which we call earth. The future looks brighter with leaders who take an active role in our ecology.

Co-Skipper David Thompson


Jo Royle - Plastiki Skipper

Jo Royle - Plastiki Skipper -internationally recognised ocean sailing skipper, who has sailed as far north as Iceland and south to the Antarctic
Jo Royle - Plastiki Skipper -internationally recognised ocean sailing skipper, who has sailed as far north as Iceland and south to the Antarctic
River Dart:
River Dart, United Kingdom

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Cornwell, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7, UK

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Preston, Preston, Lancashire, UK

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The Plastiki Expedition: Dialogue with David de Rothschild

Eco Friendly Leading by Example

Like many mega corporations today who are leading by example with triple bottom line initiatives, billionaires such as David de Rothschild are trying to venture into new ventures to showcase recycling.

Saving our oceans, buying eco friendly sun tan lotions to protect our marine life to protecting our coral reefs by buying faux coral jewelry to building green roofs and even a plastic boat made of plastic bottles all showcase how each step helps the environment.

Learning about new innovation such as the Plastiki, ozonated water and other natural sanitizers are all new subjects that let us each take part in making the world a better place.

We do not live in our own little worlds, everything we do affects someone, somewhere. Take the time today to learn about the new green technologies, new recycling initiatives and together we can make the whole world a better place.

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© 2010 Ken Kline


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      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for promoting David and his work too and including links to my hubs!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I don't boat but it sounds like possibilities. Growing up in the 1940's recycling was a way of life. It6 is always good to reuse things.

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      8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      What a great idea! Think of the possibilities. Thanks for sharing this. Lynda


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