The darkside to paradise – startling pictures of washed up plastic on the stunning beaches of Maldives

Film makers have taken some eye-opening footage of plastic waste washed up on the stunning white BEACHES of the MALDIVES.

Film maker Alison Teal, 27, from Hawaii was shocked the see the amount of plastic waste which washed up on the normally idyllic shores, while she was staying in the Maldives.

Accompanied by Australian photographer Mark Tipple and his colleague Sarah Lee, the group took these astounding images and footage to document the luxury destination’s waste problem.

Eco warrior Alison champions organisations which turn plastic into useful items such as bikinis.

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Alison has made a documentary about the amount of waste that washes up around the Maldvies.

Alison said: “I would love to see plastic disappear from this world all together – particularly single use plastic such as bottles, straws, and plastic bags, but in the meantime, I would rather see it in bikinis, jackets, and eyewear than strewn across the beautiful beaches of the Maldives, and other beaches around the world – with bottles that have drifted all the way from America!

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Alison who has made a documentary about her time in the Maldives, said: “I was overwhelmingly shocked by the amount of plastic rubbish which covered the uninhabited, picturesque island we stayed on. This was only one island – I couldn’t bear to imagine what the other 1,200 islands looked like, covered in rubbish.

“To leave the island we actually made a raft out of bottles. As we paddled to our rescue boat, I swore I would come back and do something about the plastic pollution.

Compelled to help out after witnessing the waste problem first hand, Alison took part in a beach clean-up, with a team of volunteers and now helps companies which make rubbish into clothes.

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Thilafushi is an artificial island in the Maldives where about 400 tonnes of rubbish is dumped every day.

Alison said: “I collected rubbish in an effort to save the highly threatened biosphere. In only half an hour, covering about 50 feet of beach we gathered a huge amount of plastic bottles which the villagers took great pride in making plastic fashion.

All rubbish collected in the Maldives is taken to “Trash Island”, or Thilafushi, an island landfill made entirely of waste.

Alison said: “The landfill island is a sort of eerie, beautiful apocalyptic art piece.  Instead of looking at this wasteland as horrific, I see it as an opportunity to make a lot of pink bikinis! ”

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