2.5 Tons of Plastic Collected in Kaho‘olawe Cleanup

Greenpeace recently concluded an expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that found 11 times more microplastics in the middle of the Pacific than near major U.S. cities.

Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise is wrapping up its Hawaiian tour highlighting the threat of plastic pollution to our oceans, waterways and communities.

Earlier this week, the crew and staff on board partnered with the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana and the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission to hold a beach cleanup and brand audit at Kaho‘olawe, finding multiple household brands and consumer goods littering the shores of the sacred island.

The groups collected an estimated 2.5 tons of plastic waste, which is being transferred to Honolulu.

In addition to branded food and personal care items, much of the plastic found on Kaho‘olawe was discarded commercial fishing gear—including crates, buoys and nets—as well as tiny microplastics that could not be easily cleaned up. Read full article.