Hawaiian Island Gradually Turning Into Plastic

I know … this is a bit of a hobby horse of mine.

I will keep it really short. But please play the video at the end—it just takes two minutes.

PlasticBeach One of the islands of Hawaii is basically gradually becoming more plastic than sand as plastic fragments from the Pacific Gyre (which I have written about before, here) continue to wash up onto and over the island.

Even though local people from nearby islands do a monthly community clean up of the beaches they are losing the battle.

The picture above shows part of the beach before one of the clean-ups commences.

Part of the problem is that tonnes of the plastic that washes onto the island is no bigger than grains of sand, and it just becomes part of the sand that makes up the island.

Please watch this BBC video (Ctrl+Click to open in a new Tab).