Lush Cosmetics: Cleaning up plastic pollution with Ocean Legacy

Lush Cosmetics: Cleaning up plastic pollution with Ocean Legacy


(surf rushing) (melancholy ambient music) – My name is Chloe Dubois, and I am the co-founder of
the Ocean Legacy Foundation. (surf crashing) (waves breaking) (melancholy music builds) We are teaching people about the effects of plastic pollution on
the marine environment. We take groups of people out
to incredibly remote locations and clean up marine debris. (outboard motor whirring) (water sloshes) (bags rustling) (boat motor speeds up) (bags crackling) – [Taylor] Right now we’re in Squitty Bay Marine Provincial Park,
in Lasqueti Island, near the southern end. Our mission was to come
clean up the beaches that were reported as hot spots. – [Man] There’s material all along here, all along this coastline. – I got involved with
Ocean Legacy because they do things a lot differently
than most other groups and I was really inspired. I wanted to make time to help out and spread the word of what they do here, and capture what they do. I see lots of videos,
I see a lot of things about the state of our ocean
and our beaches and stuff, but I wanted to see for myself. At first glance, it’s kind of like, oh, this is a beautiful area, classic west coast beach. Then you look closer and closer and you see how dirty they are. (melancholy music) – Let’s roll it, eh? – I can even…
– Oh yeah we’re good. – [Taylor] Toothbrushes, plastics, metal, scrap, rope, you name it, but the worst that we’ve
seen out here is styrofoam. – This is a styrofoam
pit, polystyrene material. It’s caused by large chunks of styrofoam that wash up on the beach from docks and basically break up and
then you get these pits. We’ve found pits that are
close to two meters deep along various shorelines. Pretty nasty stuff, I mean, once it breaks up you get millions of these small pellets and they’re virtually impossible to
remove from the environment. Huge issue, not a lot of solutions right now for this
stuff, so, workin’ on it. (sorrowful music) – These beautiful places,
they mean something to me. I really enjoy these places and I’d really like to see them protected and cared for, so when I arrive to these beaches and just see them trashed and littered, it really bothers me. The more you dig, the more you find. The more logs you lift
up, the more you find. It’s just really sad. (hopeful music) – When people come on our expeditions, it changes people’s lives on such a fundamental level, because they’re able to really see their impact in the world and how their consumption
affects the world directly. Most people will vow to
never use styrofoam again or to change their plastic habits. All these little changes
in one person’s life can make such a big difference if we all start doing that together. (hopeful music) (gentle waves breaking)

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