The Caribbean island drowning in waste and the painstaking battle to clean it up


Abercrombie & Fitch, Crocs, Pepsi, Listerine, Nivea, Pantene, Colgate. Brands you would expect to find on British high streets are now just as likely to be seen polluting the shores of islands in the Caribbean.

Among the mangroves surrounding the Honduran island of Roatán, a toxic soup of plastic regularly washes in after the monsoon rains, brought over on strong tidal currents.

In some areas it is impossible to see the shallow sandy sea bed because refuse covers the surface of the water.

On land, hermit crabs pick gingerly over the mountains of rubbish. Some now make their homes in toothpaste lids and bottle caps. Plant shoots are crushed beneath the weight of thousands of abandoned shoes, toothbrushes,…


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