Las Cuevas Beach in Trinidad
The Caribbean is often associated with tantalising images of captivating, blue waters lapping on white, sandy shores; lush, green forests encapsulating villages; and birds freely soaring through azure skies. Consisting of over seven thousand islands, islets, reefs, and cays framed by the Gulf of Mexico, North, South, and Central America, the Caribbean is one of the most revered tropical tourist destinations in the world. The region is a biodiversity hotspot, with an extensive range of rich ecosystems; many of which are vulnerable to the manifestation of the effects of climate change and other anthropogenic occurrences.
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Written by – José Estrada
Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has a bad habit of using excessive disposables and this is contributing to the solid waste problem.
Situated north of South America, with a population of 1.3 million, and a total area of 1,980 square miles, the country has a “take-away” food consumption culture with little provision of alternatives. Furthermore, there seems to be a general lack of information about the life cycle of disposables and the eco-friendly packaging available on the market.
In general, the use of disposables is socially accepted because it is considered to be the most practical option. However, with the prevalence of littering in T&T, one-time use disposables are leading to widespread flooding and are detrimental to watersheds and marine life in the waters surrounding the islands.
Information gathered from International Coastal Cleanup (Source: Ocean Conservancy)
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