“One of many hundreds of crabs that now make their homes out of plastic debris
washed up on Henderson Island in the Pitcairn island group. This…is an Avon cosmetics jar.”
Photo credit: Jennifer Lavers
Why is this story of importance for Yelm Community Blog readers?
Because Yelm is one of the few jurisdictions left in this county not passing a plastic bag ban.
– “38 million pieces of plastic waste found on uninhabited South Pacific island”
“Henderson Island, part of the Pitcairn group, is covered by 18 tonnes of plastic – the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world.”
“Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic.
The nearly 18 tonnes of plastic piling up on an island that is otherwise mostly untouched by humans have been pointed to as evidence of the catastrophic, “grotesque” extent of marine plastic pollution,” by Elle Hunt, UK’s The Guardian.