Microplastic Found in one of Hawai’i ‘s most remote streams.

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waking up in Waimanu valley, knowing we were the ONLY people there !

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.

Our scientific partners at Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation analysed our samples and wrote about the results in the National Geographic blog.

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.

 

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wild passion fruit

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straining tea with pine needles when you don’t have a strainer !

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