The Impossible Cleanup
The Quest to Restore Earth’s Most Polluted Sanctuary
A 2015 analysis (published in 2017) found that in the South Pacific, one of the Pitcairn archipelago’s four islands, Henderson, has more than 18 tonnes of plastic on its beaches: “the highest density of plastic debris recorded anywhere in the world”.
The 38km2 island has >38 million pieces of plastic upon its shores. Conservative estimates suggest that 3,500-13,500 new plastic items wash up on Henderson each day.
One of its beaches, the 2km long East Beach, is polluted by 30 million plastic items.
The majority of plastic wastes collected will be shredded and extruded to make plastic lumbers and build furniture for Pitcairn community. This process will be done directly onboard MV Plastic Odyssey thanks to its recycling workshop. Learn more
Plastic Odyssey is an international expedition dedicated to addressing the pressing issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. Our mission is driven by the urgent need to protect marine ecosystems and raise global awareness about the devastating impact of plastic waste. Our multifaceted approach involves demonstrating innovative methods to transform collected plastic into valuable materials.