Microplastic Found in one of Hawai’i ‘s most remote streams.
As co-founder of Plastic Tides, last January while in Hawai’i doing my Masters thesis fieldwork I took the opportunity to adventure off on an expedition in search of plastic pollution in one of the most remote waterways of the planet. My Plastic Tides partner Christian and I hiked into Waimanu Valley with an inflatable Stand Up Paddle board to sample the stream for microplastics.
Take-home message: AVOID SINGLE-USE PLASTIC, it accounts for 50% of marine litter and eventually disintegrates into microplastic (Oxford University Marine Conference, 2016). Recent studies have found that microplastic is now present in plankton – you can imagine the disastrous effects of plastic found at the bottom of the food chain.
I’ll be writing another blog post regarding this amazing expedition, where we foraged 75% of our food, taking advantage of the the trees planted by Ancient Hawaiians.