David de Rothschild
| David de Rothschild |
|Born||25 August 1978|
|Alma mater||Millbrook House, Harrow School, Oxford Brookes University, College of Naturopathic Medicine London|
|Parents|| • Evelyn Robert de Rothschild|
• Victoria Lou Schott
|Member of||Rothschild family, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2007|
$10 billion Rothschild family fortune. High interest in the climate change agenda.
De Rothschild writes that he first "began to grasp the scale and complexity of climate change" during a trip to the North Pole. "Standing in the midst of the Arctic, surrounded by 5.5 million square miles of frozen ocean, I felt like nothing more than a speck of dust on the endless horizon of Earth’s most raw, majestic and environmentally significant ecosystem."
In the late 2000s, de Rothschild developed a mission to raise awareness of the Pacific Garbage Patch, a gyre where plastic trash gathers, in which he invented a new form of sustainable ship in San Francisco, called the Plastiki. In March 2010, de Rothschild launched the boat, a 60-foot (18 m) catamaran built from approximately 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles and a unique recyclable technology called Seretex. Seretex, which was developed by de Rothschild and his team, was meant to reuse PET in a novel way, finding new uses for a waste product.