The Beach Where Lego Keeps Washing Up
Perranporth Beach, in Cornwall, is famed for being the "Lego beach". The truth is more complicated. • Thanks to Tracey Williams! 📸 Lego Lost At Sea: or 📕 Her photo book ADRIFT: [aff. link]

Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott

    If you were expecting a fun story about occasional Lego finds, and instead got a horrifying story about waste plastic... so was I. Tracey's photography project and book are some of the best ecological messaging I've seen in a long time! There are links in the description.

    • Edward DeBartolo
      Edward DeBartolo

      If you look at this from an outside perspective, it's no different than any other animal species leaving its fingerprints on an ecosystem. Parrotfish make white sand. Worms create silk. Cows produce methane. Humans spew out plastic waste. Nature + Plastic ≠ Death of Nature. It just means that nature changes. Nature + Plastic is the future and the planet will adapt.

    • MrMelon LP
      MrMelon LP

      @Jacob Hornbrook z

    • soundtrancecloud

      you didnt notice? you for real? ignorant

    • Twincast

      I did expect this story to be a mixed bag with an eye on the big picture of plastic waste, as are all responsible videos on famous container spills such as this or the rubber duckies circling the ocean. I did not expect there to be so little Lego in this bag.

    • Tozo

      That AI for video ideas is working :O

  • maegap96

    omg, shave your head! what is wrong with you.

  • Andrew JG
    Andrew JG

    Such a shame that we got people who don't seem to care about the planet and just throw waste which goes out to sea. Very sad indeed.

  • Andrew Stein
    Andrew Stein

    Im telling my kids this is where legos come from

  • Samson FPV
    Samson FPV

    Can’t tell if Tom is 17 or 77

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  • Justin Bustin
    Justin Bustin

    Capitalism side effects

  • Dogeimations

    0:00 You can see an mirage of birds floating above behind him

  • alex jay
    alex jay

    I live in cornwall!

  • Hinterfragen!

    That made me sad.

  • Tammy Tammy
    Tammy Tammy

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  • Eman M
    Eman M

    Claiming plastic from the beaches can be a great hobby for future generations

  • Spider Heart
    Spider Heart

    we need to go back to using hemp for fishing nets. but i wonder... if you collect up all the plastic, where... does it go? Like there's no safe way it gets disposed of where it doesn't eventually end up back in the sea or the ground, bc landfills just bury stuff. 🤔 Genuinely wondering, not meaning to be pessimistic or discouraging.

  • Hebah Khalid
    Hebah Khalid

    The title would be a great slogan for a beach cleaning campaign.

  • Rain Man
    Rain Man

    plastic, the new sand.

  • BlendyStick

    Let me know if you find a 4x2 flat

  • Swiftly Several
    Swiftly Several

    Someone made a Lego titanic

  • Ding Ding
    Ding Ding

    plastic beach by gorillaz

  • Malika Hayes
    Malika Hayes

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    Shields Mckinney

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  • WikiHowFrog 903
    WikiHowFrog 903

    Shotgun wads?

    • Emma Strange
      Emma Strange

      I used to live near a gun club and those people litter like crazy. On more than one occasion I found live shotgun rounds by the side of the road.

  • Barnaby Lee
    Barnaby Lee

    Take the plastic away only for it to go back?

  • NotTheWheel

    Well this was a grim outing to say the least.

  • Harry Moody Reactions
    Harry Moody Reactions

    I've nearly drowned on that beech 😀

  • Steph Ss
    Steph Ss

    Over 45% of plastics in the ocean are from the fishing industry. I wonder what the percentage is, with cargo dumps....this is appalling. No wonder gen y & z are angry af.

  • Kyle

    Who calls a bin bag a trash bag

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  • Silvanus David
    Silvanus David

    Where are we gonna take the plastic that we collect from the beach? It's gonna come back there eventually

  • Caleb Fisher
    Caleb Fisher

    Be a good idea to comb the beach with some kind of deep digging rake team or machine every so often.

    • delta250a

      Perranporth was part of a study using one of those machines. But the problem is things live in the sand and the amount of wildlife that uses the tide lines for homes and feeding makes it hard to use.

  • simplicitylost

    5:42 “Take a bag with you…” to then throw it away, which will mean it’ll probably end up in a landfill next to the ocean and then be back on the beach? Maybe it’s not like that in the UK, but in the USA, that is sometimes the predicament. It feels rather pointless.

  • Matt Zelonka
    Matt Zelonka

    Lightbulbs, used plastic oil cans and plastic tampon things- Those were my favorite finds while in the Dry Tortugas .

  • Natalie Hammell
    Natalie Hammell

    I saw somewhere recently that beach clean-ups are actually a good idea because quite a lot of rubbish does stay close to the coast so removing it does make a difference.

  • whiteclifffl

    The fish have to play with something.

  • Rohanrajan Vadivelraj
    Rohanrajan Vadivelraj

    I heard a new word today. ''Land's end''. It makes me curious why the name is still that way🤔 even after that much colonizing😅

  • skara 42
    skara 42

    Now think of all the face masks that will be washing up for the next 50 years...

  • Edward DeBartolo
    Edward DeBartolo

    If you look at this from an outside perspective, it's no different than any other animal species leaving its fingerprints on an ecosystem. Parrotfish give use white sand. Worms create silk. Cows produce methane. Humans produce plastic. Nature + Plastic ≠ Death of Nature. It just means that nature changes. Nature + Plastic is the future and the planet will adapt.

  • Coconüts!

    Damn! Went to that beach on a surfing holiday one year! I was too preoccupied with the waves! Check out the beaches in Bali though I was disgusted and amazed! Seems that Bali is in an area where so much plastic from Asia rocks up every day! I made piont of clearing it up all day long long only to go to the beach the next day and find the same amount washed up again! Biodegradable plastics need to be used! We know how to make them so "just do it" as Shia and Nike would say.

  • Cameron

    the sea shepherds near where i live do regular beach cleans that you can voulenteer at and we find nurdles here all the way on the other side of the world

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  • No One
    No One

    WTF ,that wasnt sand but nerdles? Thats explaining a lot of situations i found myself in

  • culwin

    It would be great if we could invent a way to have most of this plastic be (eventually) biodegradable. The most annoying thing, is when I get something at the store that is ALREADY in a plastic package, and in checkout, they want to put it in a plastic bag!

  • Harry E
    Harry E


  • A D Volente
    A D Volente

    Humanity has a lot to answer for, I guess the reason we keep doing it is there is nobody we do answer to. We just consume everything at the expense anything with the care and morality of absolutely nothing.

  • Yak69

    Lego? it’s called legos!!!!

  • yellowwoodstraveler

    Where were all the tampon applicators? I see loads of those on our beaches.

  • Mr Random
    Mr Random

    30 seconds about Lego, the rest is about trash on the beach

  • No4murasame

    But, but... take them home, put them in trash, then.... what...? In the soil under the landfill for ever or... floats right back to the sea...? ... what can we do... (mortified)

  • patrickdwts

    This video made me depressed.

  • Jordan Weir
    Jordan Weir

    Tempted to write my name on a small piece of plastic, put it inside a plastic ball with a gps tracker, and see if you can watch it arrive at that beach, or if it doesn't, where does it go o_o

  • I'm the captain now
    I'm the captain now

    damn earths gonna turn into a big dump in a few hundred years. Nothing a nice tax on companies products cant solve.

  • Dictolory

    how convenient, a lego broom so you can clean everything up

  • Smote Reverser
    Smote Reverser

    Horrifying. Take your litter home.

  • Depot msa
    Depot msa

    I hereby name this beach beach

  • freibier

    At least the people in 1300 years, when all civilization has broken down, will still have some Lego to play with.

  • M4RKU50

    this would be my place for collecting lego pieces

  • Woo Six
    Woo Six

    Free legos? Legos are expensive

  • Paul O'Hagan
    Paul O'Hagan

    Oh, it's much worse than that folks, much much worse. The plastic is consumed in the food chain and now its coursing through our bloodstreams ...

  • Superphilipp

    Let's be honest though. Who, in 2021, thought that "The beach wehere Lego keeps washing up" was going to be a good thing?

  • M. Long
    M. Long

    Kids 1980's: digging up old Coins Kids 2080's: digging up old Lego

  • Dr. Davenport Lee
    Dr. Davenport Lee

    just...clean it up. heavy machines, an oven and good is. that little bit of sand and rock is not that bad, if you burn it right

  • Bean Gorl
    Bean Gorl

    I kept thinking the flag in the background was a bug on my phone screen

  • Daemeous

    As bad as all this least some of it is washing up and being removed from the oceans...

  • Matteus Sartre
    Matteus Sartre

    One day robots will clean all this up.

  • danny g
    danny g

    plastic use is one of the greatest tragedies in the world today

  • Ascertivus

    0:33 I find that to be quite fitting given the circumstances.

  • Shannon Pincombe
    Shannon Pincombe

    Seeing the rubbish on the beach makes me feel sick. Melbourne city council did an audit of the trash exiting the city's stormwater drains and they found 40+% was cigarette butts. Almost half of the drain bound trash is from one particular habit. Not only is smoking bad for the health of those who smoke but also of the local environment and those animals which make it home.

  • Lee Fall
    Lee Fall

    Most of the plastic in the sea comes from fishing nets... A good start would be to filter the sand on beaches.

  • Dubious

    All countries have unemployed people, so just set them to work, specially in countries where they get paid to do nothing. Either you pick trash, or you lose the money.

  • Ian Brown
    Ian Brown

    The only way it will ever get better is for the manufacturers to be charged the cost of clean up. They will then create a biodegradable form of their product.

  • RAD Rachael
    RAD Rachael

    I read the title and thought that will hurt to step on. Then I watched the video and was saddened by the plastic waste

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    John Peter

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  • sproc01

    Tom Scott at 5:20 the clip of the giant rock with the walkway, i saw on the news that it had collapsed, im not sure if it was a different one though

  • A J
    A J

    If we wait there long enough, eventually we will have all the parts for a Lego Death Star

  • Rikio Rikio
    Rikio Rikio

    Why are you so british?

  • Hitori Shinda
    Hitori Shinda

    So this is where lego mines their blocks

  • Ethan Forsyth
    Ethan Forsyth

    I want to make a video that is exactly 1 minute 9 seconds making it 69 seconds long

  • Guinness

    Welcome to a taste of the future

  • snoop dogg dank kush
    snoop dogg dank kush

    Jealous!! ):

  • SimpleAs Liam
    SimpleAs Liam

    Depressing.... we should take a giant hoover and suck up the light stuff

  • Octamed

    Make companies pay for recycling costs of packaging. The problem will be solved over night.

  • Heiko Weber
    Heiko Weber

    You humans should just leave earth so our race can thrive!

  • yasio bolo
    yasio bolo

    Same story in France, there is a beach in Brittany flooded with Garfield telephones since the 80's

  • Bryan Hann
    Bryan Hann

    Lego blocks are damn well engineered.

    • yasio bolo
      yasio bolo

      Worst place to see Lago. You're mostly likely walking barefoot on the beach Didn't see that many stones

  • JZ's Best Friend
    JZ's Best Friend

    Wait until those barrels with nuclear waste start turning up. It won't be those that will get colors.

  • beeldpuntXVI

    Thans Why the ocean clean up project is So dn important

  • Brenden Carr
    Brenden Carr

    As a beach comber from New JErsey, I can tell you this type of stuff is getting more and more common everywhere in the world

  • Alex Webber
    Alex Webber

    Hey, *That's My Lego Missing Piece*

  • xX_brad_Xx

    I would personally clean up all of that lego and build with it if I was there

  • Scott Fannin
    Scott Fannin

    "Maybe take a bag with you and take some plastic away." And then do what with it? Put it in the trash bin? Recycle it? I wonder how long before part of what I took away would end up right back where I had picked it up.

  • Schwarzer Panther
    Schwarzer Panther

    Many of these lego pieces werent even produced when the container sank, they can come from everywhere

  • vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt

    This should be shown in every high school at some point. Really puts it in perspective.

  • Jay Watson
    Jay Watson

    This is horrific.

  • Aris Nikolopoulos
    Aris Nikolopoulos

    What is the flag that looks like a Greek flag waving behind him?

    • vbddfy euuyt
      vbddfy euuyt

      We must act now!

  • notmy thing
    notmy thing

    That's so sad...

  • Paul, Does things.
    Paul, Does things.

    Takes bag of plastic away, throw in proper trash, is hauled to landfill that blows into the ocean.. We just need to collectively take a stand against wasteful plastic use. Most of this trash could easily be replaced with biodegradable products, somethings will probably always have to be plastic, start with plastic bags. Bring a reusable one to the grocer and lobby your local politicians to ban plastic bad manufacturing and import.

  • Anchor Bait
    Anchor Bait

    Thank you for saying Lego without an "s"

  • Thomas Bramwell
    Thomas Bramwell

    Come pick it up so the cycle can start again😳

  • Britonbear

    England! Wash your mouth out Tom.

  • Hero of Kush
    Hero of Kush

    Worst place to see Lago. You're mostly likely walking barefoot on the beach Didn't see that many stones

  • Cpt. Cornelius
    Cpt. Cornelius

    Away? and put it where?