Calayo beach clean up
Length of beach covered ~ 200m
Sacks collected – 1
Volunteers – Solo clean up
Main items collected – Yes I was targeting straws but the fact that I picked up 400 of them in 20 minutes is very alarming. No these had not all come from Calayo beach, at I guess I would imagine the close proximity to the capital makes Calayo susceptible to ocean plastic pollution.
This isolated beach 2 hours south of Manila is dealing with the consequences of consumption in the capital. The issue with ocean plastic and marine debris is that given currents plastic can and has ended up on the other side of the world to where it was found. The problem with this is that it goes from the place it was produced, possibly to a more isolated area that simply has no means to handle the waste that literally lands on top of them. It is a social injustice that these people living a simple lifestyle in Calayo are forced to deal with others mess.
However as with any beach clean up I had a right old time and ended up sorting some of the mess I was picking up. I talked to local resorts and heard of the problems they faced in cleaning up the beach. Its such a beautiful little bay, really serene and was one of my favourite finds on the trip. I hope that some day they aren’t constantly picking up other peoples plastic. I hope that we can get back to a world where we don’t see plastic on the beach. I love the beach. Do you? I reckon you do, so if you want to help this issue then try stop using single-use plastic!