Down in Florida, I got to thinking about the oil spill and what an insanely disgusting impact it’s making on the environment. Not to mention the jobs and tourism it’s killing. It’s really down right depressing. I’m not one of those people who wears rubber shoes and spends my days at the compost pile, but I do care about the earth and drive a hybrid and only run air conditioning in one room at a time, etc. Course I don’t think me turning off the lights is going to remedy the oil spill, but it’s something.
A really cool something that is happening in the environmental world right now is David de Rothschild’s plastic boat, aptly named the Plastiki. I first read about it in Vogue and then when I was in Mexico, Katya and Jenn, who did the PR for the St. Regis, are also doing the PR for the Plastiki. And they’re doing a really good job because I’ve been reading about it everywhere. Currently in the water near the island of Tuvalu, the Plastiki is a sailboat made out of 12,500 plastic bottles and a frame of 100% recyclable plastic. It’s been sailing for 80 days now in water that is polluted with plastic. De Rothschild calls what they’re doing, “adventure ecology.” I just call it cool.
Their whole ethos is that waste is fundamentally a design flaw that we don’t see in nature and it’s time for us to re-think waste as a resource. Makes pretty good sense. Not to mention a rocking boat. Maybe Stacey and I should start making our own paper and writing on it in mud. Hmmm…I might try it next week.