Plastics, Polymers and the occasional shoe

We know it’s not a problem unique to Langkawi, and in fact much of South-East Asia, indeed, much of the world suffers from the same ailment, the detritus of humans, washed up and unloved on the beaches.

How much of this stuff gets into the ocean is something we should all be thinking about, as we should about the cleaning up of it.

It’s very sad to take a walk along the sand at sunset and have to dodge the terrible effects of our inability to pick-up after ourselves.

Take a walk with us along a very short stretch of Langkawi beachfront.

Flotsam and Jetsam 1

Flotsam and Jetsam 2

Flotsam and Jetsam 3

Flotsam and Jetsam 4

Flotsam and Jetsam 5

Flotsam and Jetsam 6

Flotsam and Jetsam 7

Flotsam and Jetsam 8

Flotsam and Jetsam 9

Flotsam and Jetsam 10

Flotsam and Jetsam 11

Flotsam and Jetsam 12

and saddest of all, the consequences.

Flotsam and Jetsam 13

Far be it that we should pass judgement on how others live, but…….

Imagine if you were an official on a tourist resort island, and, one of your main attractions was the beach…….a beach that provides income for many many small businesses…….I don’t think you need to be Einstein to be able to work out some kind of system of maintenance in return for the ability to earn an income from said beach.

search the internet for beach clean tractor


All photos copyright Ross Duncan



4 thoughts on “Plastics, Polymers and the occasional shoe

  1. Tourism is a big part of the Cape Town economy & on some beaches close to the harbour we get the same sort of rubbish washing up. Periodically the surfers & the eco fans go and do a big clean up but as you say, a big problem.

    • Hi Alison, yes, it’s not unique to this part of the world, that’s for sure, my thoughts as I was wandering along was more towards all the small businesses that are making a living off the beach, the para-sailing guys, and the bars and the cafes, the jet-ski operators, all of them dragging a profit out of the beach, but not putting back

  2. It gets to me every time too, when I see so much trash washed up on the beach. And this problem persists no matter where I go in the world. The slippers, by the way, are usually because they got washed away when a wave got too close to the picnicker.

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