Although plastic is considered highly polluting and the ecological policies of many countries are pointing to its gradual disappearance, consumers continue to make use of it for its practicality and low costs. The alarming situation in the oceans and seas around the world is probably not yet so clear because of this non-biodegradable material. The last place hit by an environmental disaster announced is a stretch of the Caribbean Sea along the Honduran coasts of the island of Routan, where a 5-mile "plastic sea" is suffocating wildlife.
In the Caribbean Sea, another stretch of sea completely covered by plastic waste has been discovered: a horrific catastrophe for the marine ecosystem of these areas considered as an earthly paradise. The havoc was captured by the environmental photographer Caroline Power near the island of Roatan (Honduras), which was soon submerged by this "plastic monster" that has transformed the waters of the area.
Those that are generally referred to as "plastic islands" are highly polluting waste and can reach impressive dimensions. The one that hit the coasts of Roatan has an extension of about 5 miles formed by bottles, packaging materials, caps, toothbrushes and punctured balls. It is thought that the origin of this huge amount of waste can come from the mouth of the Montagua river in Guatemala, famous for carrying the waves of garbage in the country directly into the ocean. But this huge natural catastrophe can not be due to a single country: Honduras has probably its faults as well as all the other countries in the world.
Although many countries are still unable to collaborate and remain closed on their ecological policies, fortunately there are also non-profit organizations whose objective is environmental protection. Among these is The Ocean Clean Up, a Dutch organization where a team of researchers, scientists and engineers work with one goal: to save the oceans from degradation.
For the time being, the inhabitants of the island of Roatan are collaborating to clean up this stretch of sea and the beaches, to try to preserve what was considered an earthly paradise. The impact this disaster has had on the environment has been devastating for the wildlife and the population of sea turtles laying on the island's beaches. All of us in our small way can help to prevent these disasters from continuing to properly dispose of the accumulated waste.
Those responsible for this project to which several countries also collaborate, have estimated that within 5 years will begin to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage, the huge plastic waste island that is located in the Pacific.