A Plastic Disaster

Category: People


Photo and caption by Gary Stokes

On a rainy day in Hong Kong, environmentalist Tracey Read finds pre-production plastic pellets (nurdles) washed up and now covering her local beach like snow. As the hours unfurl we realise this is not an isolated spill and soon discovery that we are facing the largest plastic spill in history as 150 tons of pellets entered the ocean from a ship during a typhoon. This was the start of our plastic revolution in Hong Kong, culminating in 6,500 volunteers hitting the beaches in one of the biggest beach cleanup operations.

Location: Discovery Bay, Lantau, Hong Kong


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