David de Rothschild and his crew aboard the Plastiki are about to get some massive exposure.
Along with the folks behind The Cove, Oprah’s Earth Day Special is also spotlighting the recycled ship’s 11,000-mile journey from San Francisco to Sydney. The point of the boat and the journey is to highlight the global waste problem.
One area of focus particularly close to Oprah’s green heart is the massive Pacific Garbage Patch. On last year’s special, she called it “the most shocking thing she’s seen”. de Rothchild will apparently be reporting on the problem area and what we might do to slow its increase.
“Around plastics, we need to reduce, reuse, recycle and the fourth R—refuse the single-use plastics,” he says. “I hope that the Plastiki showcases that we’ve used innovative materials, … new glues that we’ve actually engineered out of cashew nuts and sugar, which show that there are solutions to those problems out there. We can all do something about it.”