A remote island in the Southern Atlantic drowning in plastic.
Does it come from land?
Inaccessible island (a remote island in the Southern Atlantic) has been a key in helping decipher the widespread extent of plastic pollution. When researchers last visited it in 2018 they were practically gobsmacked at the amount of plastic washed up on the shore of the island, however there is question whether the plastic was washed up in ocean currents or carelessly discarded by passing boats.
Polythene terephthalate (PET) water bottles were some of the most common finds for the researchers with around 75% of them from Asia and more often than not made in China. On average these bottles were date stamped around two years ago, hinting that they are to new to have been washed ashore in Ocean currents. All of this evidence points to the conclusion that these bottles were left by passing vessels.
The researchers have carried out litter checks on the island in 2009 and 2018, with a total of 3,515 items examined in 2009 and 8,084 in 2018. The oldest piece of litter found on the island was discovered in 2018, it was a high-density polyethylene canister made in 1970.
Researchers aren’t positive but have a pretty solid idea that it’s merchant fleets who have been flinging the plastic overboard.