Lego on the beach

Lego sea grass at t Bees beach #legolostatsea

While beach cleaning at St Bees today we found our first piece of washed up Lego in amongst the usual plastic debris.  Why is this so interesting you might ask, well, we’ll try and explain…

On 13 February 1997 a container ship, the Tokio Express, was hit by a wave about 20 miles off the Cornish coast.  The wave tilted the ship so violently that 62 containers were lost overboard.  One of those containers was filled with nearly 4.8 million pieces of Lego, many of which were nautical themed.  Soon after cutlasses, flippers, scuba gear, seagrass, spear guns and the odd octopus began to wash up on Cornwall’s beaches.  So it’s possible that our tiny piece of Lego sea grass has been bobbing about in the ocean, not breaking down, being nibbled by fish and other marine creatures for over 20 years before drifting ashore on our coast to, finally, be found in a beach clean and stop being part of the marine pollution problem.

Plastic in the sea doesn’t just decompose, or go away.  Our last blog post has lots of ideas about how you can reduce the plastic you use everyday, or if you want to see if you can find some #legolostatsea of your own join us on our next beach clean, all the details are on our Events page.  To find out more about the lost Lego and see when other pieces have been washed up have a look at the Lego Lost at Sea facebook page.

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