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David de Rothschild

Catamaran made entirely of plastic bottlesIWC and Adventure Ecology sail a common course

This summer, Adventure Ecology founder and environmental storyteller David de Rothschild, along with a handpicked crew of leading scientists, sailors, adventurers, thought leaders and creatives, will sail approximately 10,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Sydney in a distinctive, one-of-a kind 60 foot catamaran made entirely of plastic bottles, srPET plastic and recycled waste products. With support from official partner IWC Schaffhausen, the Plastiki will embark on a mission across the Pacific Ocean in order to draw mainstream attention to rethinking waste as a resource.

Through this intrepid and daring expedition, David de Rothschild and his organisation Adventure Ecology aim to bring the public’s attention to regions of the Earth whose ecologies are in particular danger, raise global awareness of the environment as well as inspire a change in the consciousness of individuals and industry.

The boat is named “Plastiki”, taking inspiration from Thor Heyerdahl’s “Kon-Tiki” expedition of 1947. The Plastiki Expedition is a unique and extraordinary voyage that will see David de Rothschild and a specially selected crew of experts sail across the Pacific Ocean and, in the process, pass through a number of regions that are facing extreme ecological threats. En route to Hawaii, the Line Islands and the sinking island of Tuvalu, the vessel will steer through the world’s largest rubbish dump in the oceans, commonly known as The Great Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch.

Developed and fabricated in cooperation with world-leading institutions, engineers, designers, marine architects and sustainability experts, the 60-foot Plastiki catamaran exemplifies groundbreaking thinking, techniques and sustainable design solutions in every respect. Constructed almost entirely out of reclaimed plastic bottles, the Plastiki embodies David de Rothschild’s vision of a craft that not only withstands the swells of the Pacific Ocean but is also in the position to itself “make waves” with its sustainable design. This absolutely unique, unmistakeble and symbolic design enables Adventure Ecology and its crew to not only undertake a historic expedition, but it will also allow them to deliver a spectacular “message in a bottle” around the world.

IWC Schaffhausen, the official partner of the Plastiki expedition, has dedicated an equally stylish and robust watch to the mission of this extraordinary and innovative vessel: the Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth Edition “Adventure Ecology”. Says Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, “David de Rothschild and his organisation Adventure Ecology deserve great respect and support for their inspirational ideas. We are delighted to be on board of their breathtaking expeditions to the most threatened ecosystems of our planet and to make a contribution towards increasing public awareness of the consequences of human behaviour on nature.”