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From Above It Looks Like A Regular Island, But It Is Harboring A Disgusting Secret.

The Maldive Islands are a vision of sun-soaked beaches and gorgeous tropical resorts. But if you look beyond the hotels and private villas, you'll find a very peculiar kind of island.

Thilafushi, or “Trash Island,” is an artificial island created as a municipal landfill in the Vaadhoo channel. 


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It was originally a lagoon but, in the 1990s, was claimed solely for dumping the islands' garbage.


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Today, Thilafushi's growing landmass, once in governmental jurisdiction, has been sold to entrepreneurs to oversee the process.


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Surfer and filmmaker Alison Teal visited the Maldives during the taping of a Discovery Channel TV show, "Naked and Afraid".


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This is just one of the 1,200 islands of the landfill.  


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“To leave the island we actually made a raft out of bottles,” she remembers.


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After the show ended, Alison continued to work on reducing the trash of the island.


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"As we paddled to our rescue boat, I swore I would come back and do something about the plastic pollution."


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She brought photographers Sarah Lee and Mark Tipple with her when she returned to the island a year later.


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She organized a team of volunteers to collect plastic trash from the islands surrounding Thilafushi.


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The beach cleanups raise awareness about new, reusable, material technologies used by some of the world's most renowned brands.


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Alison has made it her mission to try to eliminate single-use plastic altogether.


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Until plastic use is entirely gone, Alison advocates for its reuse as bikinis, jackets eyewear and clothing. Anywhere but strewn around the beaches.


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This island serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of recycling and waste reduction.


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