Plastic Oceans International collaborated with Te mau O te Vaikava on a beach cleanup that took place on March 16. What an inspiring experience we had, to see the determination of the local community to keep their coasts clean.

In just 90 minutes, over 50 volunteers collected 720 pounds of plastic waste. It was shocking to see such an iconic location suffering from our human addiction to plastic, and at no fault of its own. We found pieces that could be identified as having come from as far away as Australia and China.

We also collected microplastic samples, which will be analyzed by Arizona State University.