David de Rothschild is using his name, influence and engergy to bring the world's attention to this astounding unseen tragedy. Mr. deRothschild has built a catamaran from 12,500 plastic bottles. He will sail from San Fransisco, California to Sydney, Austrailia, investigating the plastic pollution inthe Pacific Ocean along the way. The Plastiki Expedition not only seeks to bring attention to the incredible pollution caused by the use and irresponsible disposal of plastic, it also highlights the many alternative uses for recycled plastic. The entire boat is created from recycled plastic.
I'm taking stock of all the garbage, especialy plastic, that I use. I think it is amazing how much trash one person can generate! While, yes, one solution is to recycle, and we do. But, think about how many products we buy in plastic packaging! Cleaning products, personal hygiene products, hardware, automotive, all those little things that are wrapped in so many layers of plastic you need heavy duty scissors to open them. Why can't we minimize our waste right from the very start? It is hard, if not impossible, to find these products contained in anything other than plastic. There should be other alternatives to plastic packaging? Isn't there a way to make biodegradeable plastics? Yes to both of these, I am sure. So, why isn't this happening?