Microplastics + Makapu'u Beach

Microplastics + Makapu'u Beach

Microplastics (n): synthetic materials smaller than 5 mm that are insoluble in water and not degradable.

A 2016 study in the northern Gulf of Mexico and a separate 2017 study at the Southern Baltic Sea both took closer looks at the concentrations of microplastics in open water and beach sediments at each location. Both studies found that the concentration of microplastics was significantly higher on the beach and near shore areas than in deeper waters. The researchers stated that the following materials were the most common types of microplastics found:


👕 Polyester
🚘 Polypropylene
🎨 Polyvinyl acetate
🛍 Polyethylene-propylene

Microplastics resulting from plastic products we use daily are breaking down in the ocean and washing ashore on our beautiful coastal beach communities across the world. If you want to do something about this, you have a lot of options. The best one is to start at the source where these plastic products are originating. The next best is to clean up this pollution on the back-end.

If you’re in Oahu, come out this Saturday, April 14 to Makapu’u Beach Park and help us sift through the sand and remove as many pounds of microplastics as we can. Make sure you stick around for food and giveaways, thanks to sponsors 1 Piece Each, Orangetheory Fitness Waikiki, Sundaze Bikinis, and Shore Buddies. Buckets, pick-up sticks, and a sand sifter will be provided but feel free to bring work gloves or colanders to help collect micro plastics. We highly recommend bringing water, reef-safe sunscreen, and all your friends!

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