A recent study found that a collection of islands off the coast of Western Australia called the Cocos (Keeling) Islands contained up to 414 Million pieces of plastic weighing up to 238 tonnes in total. That’s a whole lot of plastic bottles.
However, 93% of such is believed to be under the surface of the islands and their beaches.
The Islands are currently being compared to Henderson Island – the island with the world’s highest density of trash.
The people of the island itself have decided to reduce rubbish by banning plastic bags, straws and many other products, so why shouldn’t you?
— Dr Jenn Lavers (@SeabirdSentinel) May 17, 2019
New @IMASUTAS @UTAS_ paper is making 🌊: #PlasticPollution on Australia’s #CocosKeelingIslands. Thanks to the #CitizenScientists who made this possible: @TangaroaBlue @2handsproject @PlasticFreeJuly and the beautiful people of the Cocos islands https://t.co/JrxqL9hqMp
— Dr Jenn Lavers (@SeabirdSentinel) May 16, 2019