“it’s just one straw,” said 8 billion people.
the water here on the tropical island of kokut thailand is a beautiful, clear blue. what an incredible change from last year when plastic trash was constantly floating in and littering the beach.
we think the difference is attributable to the efforts of the island’s volunteer trash hero group, which has been holding weekly trash cleanups on the beaches and roads for about a year and a half. travellers from around the world join local school kids to clean up one of 8 designated spots every saturday morning. last year, 500-1000 kilos of trash (much of it plastic) would be found and properly discarded or recycled. we just participated in a trash hero event (their 71st) and only 70 kilos were found! the group has really cleaned up the island so now there is less plastic floating in the rivers which empty into the sea. having the local kids involved is also a key element - they tell their families and friends to use less plastic and to not drop their trash on the ground.
now when we swim, instead of plastic rubbish bobbing in the water, it is virtually pristine.
but once in a while, we find one of these pesky d**n straws.