Us humans and our plastic


Plastic, plastic, plastic everywhere.

Our dependency on single use plastic is overwhelming now. Bottled water seems like the natural choice when someone wants water. Heaps of new plastic bags come back to the house each time someone comes back from shopping.

I spend a good deal of time at the beach now, taking photos of surfers. One of the islands I go to often is the uninhabited island of Thamburudhoo, where you get one of the best surfing breaks in Male atoll. Sultans and Honkies. The island is mostly rocky and is home to a lot of birds and hermit crabs.

A few weeks back I was shocked to see so much plastic washed up on the shore of Thamburudhoo. I decided to clean it up as much as I can, little by little. If not me, then who?


This grey heron is one of the resident birds of Thamburudhoo.

This grey heron is one of the resident birds of Thamburudhoo.

A little bit of the beach cleaned up. Doesn’t it look much better?

In Maldives we still don’t have any recycling facilities. Most of our trash ends up in the ocean, sadly, or in the ‘Garbage Island’ named Thilafushi where they try and burn it.

It is our individual responsibility to take care of our trash and not let it harm any other living thing. If each of us, put in a little effort, to reduce their usage of plastic, to not littler the oceans, to live a bit more responsibly, imagine how much better this place would be, for all of us.