Friday 17 November, 2017

Floating island of trash in Caribbean Sea

A diver as he gets ready to dive in the plastic wave along Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras. (Image: Caroline Power)

A diver as he gets ready to dive in the plastic wave along Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras. (Image: Caroline Power)

Shocking images of a floating mass of trash off the coast of Honduras has gone viral online.

Photographer Caroline Power, who lives on the tiny island of Roatan, off the coast of Honduras, captured the images and shared them to her Facebook profile with the following caption:

THIS HAS TO STOP.

Think about your daily lives. How did you take your food to go last time you ate out? How was your last street food served? Chances are it was styrofoam and served with a plastic fork and then put in a plastic bag. Do you still use plastic garbage bags? Plastic soda bottles? Ziplock bags? Plastic wrap on your food?
Do you buy toilet paper that comes wrapped in plastic instead of paper? Do you put your fruit and veggies in produce bags at the grocery?

I challenge every person and every business to keep your trash for one week. Separate your organic and recyclables and keep everything else for one week. You will be disgusted how many single use items you use.

According to the Independent, the worst of the rubbish the dive team found was about 15 miles off the coast of Roatan heading towards the Cayos Cochinos Marine Reserve.

(Image: Caroline Power)

Power told the Independent, “We were on a dive trip to a set of islands that don't quite break the ocean surface. They are one of the most pristine dive sites in this part of the Caribbean.”

It is believed that the trash originated from the Motagua River in Guatemala, which has reportedly been a source of pollution of the Honduran coast for some time now.

(Image: Caroline Power)