As some of you may know, my trip to Utila this past January changed me at a core level. How so? Well, for starters, let me set the scene. You’re on the afternoon dive boat, beautiful clear blue skies, the sun is shining overhead. The boat ties off to a buoy, and the shoreline is literally just palm trees and jungle beyond, with not a hint of civilization in sight. No homes, no hotels, no roads. Just pure Caribbean paradise. You get your gear ready and you happen to take a look over the side of the boat. Crystal clear waters at 40′ depth, fish in every color of the rainbow, large coral formations everywhere and yet there’s one UGLY reminder of civilization. Plastic debris and garbage floating on the surface.
Yup.. Even in tropical paradise, plastic rears its ugly head. And don’t even get me started on the plastic problems on the North beaches of Utila. Completely undeveloped beaches with no civilization in sight, and the beaches are quite literally littered with plastic. I mean its horrible! Flip-flops, razors, bags, and bottle caps by the thousands. And it just washes up.. Day after day…
So, I’ve become a crusader of sorts. Not that I’ve ever been a wasteful person, I did my part recycling plastic, paper and cardboard at home for years. I even recycled kitchen waste that could be put in my compost pile. But now it hits home a bit more. So I’ve been keeping an eye out for alternatives to plastic use, as well as ways to repurpose, re-use or recycle it.
Well, this came across my newsfeed on Facebook today, and I had to share. It’s an awesome idea, but kind of hard to implement on Utila.. Still, I think that if this was used on the mainland, or other islands in the Caribbean it would reduce the plastic caught in the currents eventually. What do you think?