Alison Teal Reveals Maldives' Trash Island in New Film Series
Underneath its idyllic charm, The Maldives has a severe trash problem, which avid adventurer Alison Teal hopes to expose in order to raise awareness about plastic pollution.
The eco-filmmaker was shocked to discover the massive amount of waste washed up across an uninhabited Maldives island to which she travelled to shoot the Discovery Channel’s, “Naked and Afraid,” last year. She even crafted a boat from the garbage, and thus, won the challenge.
Teal told The Huffington Post, “I told myself that I had to come back. I wanted to see what I could do for a land that helped me survive for almost a month.”
So, she returned to the ‘Trash Island’ ( the artificial island, also known as Thilafushi, acts as one of the Maldives’ main landfills) and brought along with her photographer Sarah Lee and Australian filmmaker Mark Tipple, so they could show the world the polluted beach.
With permission from the government, Teal and her crew documented the island and the beach clean-up she organized with local volunteers. The resulting film is part of Teal’s online series, “Alison’s Adventures“, which she hopes will raise awareness about recycling.
“The main thing to do would be to stop manufacturing water bottles, but that’s not going to happen any time soon,” she told The Huffington Post. “That’s why I went back. I wanted to show how much plastic there is in this world and how we can turn [Trash Island] into a positive thing.”
One of those positive things is turning recycled plastic into pink bikinis, which Teal sports on her website.
Thank you, Alison, for bringing this important cause to the world’s attention!
Teal will be turning her trip to the Maldives into a full-length feature film. You can watch it here:
Photo: Alison’s Adventures