Jennifer Lavers of the University of Tasmania, Australia, visited the remote islands of the Indian Ocean to see the amount of plastic waste collected on the beaches and shockingly she found, 373,000 toothbrushes and around 975,000 shoes, largely flip-flops, and this is not it.
The Cocos Keeling Islands covers around 6 square miles of the land including which is situated 1,300 miles away in the northwest coast of Australia which was the best place to record the data regarding the amount of plastic waste as the population of that place is nearly zero which concludes that the plastic is not wasted by the locals as it has floated in and no one was there to clear the waste. And the results were shocking as Lavers was all surprised.
She said, “So, more than 414 million pieces of plastic debris are estimated to be currently sitting on the Cocos Keeling Islands, weighing a remarkable 238 tons.” That much amount of plastic and other waste is a lot and just like this island, there total 27 islands which are almost as small as like the Cocos-Keeling Islands and out of 27 Islands, Lavers’ team of researchers have collected the data from 7 of the islands back in 2017.
Lavers has done studies like this before in other remote islands as she conveyed, “You get to the point where you’re feeling that not much is going to surprise you anymore, and then something does … and that something [on the Cocos Keeling Islands] was actually the amount of debris that was buried.” Lavers even went to the deep as she dug around four inches into the sand. She conveyed, “What was really quite amazing was that the deeper we went, the more plastic we were actually finding. It’s the little stuff that’s perfectly bite-sized, the stuff that fish and squid and birds and even turtles can eat.”