Henderson Island is the most plastic polluted place in the world

Henderson Island is an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean, roughly half way between New Zealand and Chile.

Henderson Island is so remote, No one lives there. Humans only visit the island for research purposes. Yet, Henderson’s white sandy beaches completely covered in trash.

According to a report published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an estimated 38 million pieces of trash have washed up on Henderson Island.

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Henderson Island – Photo Credits: Jennifer Lavers

Jennifer Lavers, a researcher at University of Tasmania’s institute for marine and antarctic studies, was lead author of this report.

Researchers stayed for about three and a half months on Henderson Island in May 2015 and analyzed nearly 55,000 pieces of trash on the island.

99.8% of the trash they found on the island was made from plastic. Based on identifiable pieces, researchers determined that trash had been carried there from China, Japan, New Zealand, South America, Scotland, United Kingdom, the United States and Russia.

They believe that about 3,500 pieces of trash are continuing to wash up daily.

Henderson Island has around 671 pieces of trash per 10 square feet.

Roughly 3,016 miles from any major population center, The Henderson Island now has the highest density of plastic waste in the world.

One of the world’s most remote places, is also the most polluted. How could this happen?

Henderson Island Trash
Henderson Island – Photo Credits: Jennifer Lavers

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