Alison’s Adventures – Maldives
Allison Teal appeared on the Discovery Channel’s reality show, Naked and Afraid last year, as the world watched Teal and her partner survive 21 days under the hot scorching sun on an uninhabited island in the Maldives, without food or water. However, she was more stunned at the amount of plastic bottles she saw scattered across the usually idyllic beaches and its crystal-clear waters.
“I told myself that I had to come back,” Alison told The Huffington Post. “I wanted to see what I could do for a land that helped me survive for almost a month.”
Therefore this past summer, Teal decided to return to the Maldives as a part of her online film series Alison’s Adventures with photographer Sarah Lee and Australian filmmaker Mark Tipple to show the world what wasn’t filmed during the 40 minutes that ran on TV. Teal discovered that before the show was set for filming, two villages had already spent an entire week cleaning the tiny remote island. Alison took part in a beach clean-up upon her return back to Maldives, with a team of local volunteers and now helps companies which make rubbish into clothes. Her key objective was to clean the island while raising awareness about plastic pollution.
Teal and her crew furthermore documented the Maldives’ Trash Island, also known as Thilafushi with permission from the country’s government. Thilafushi is an artificial island and acts as one of the country’s main landfills which is only a few miles away from the Maldivian capital of Malé. Approximately 300 to 400 tons of trash are discarded on the island daily.
“I chose to highlight [Trash Island] as a global issue and not just to pick on the Maldives. It’s still beautiful there!” she told HuffPost.
Alison’s work with Repreve, turns plastic waste into usable products for the popular brands including, North Face, Volcom, Polartec, Roxy, Odina Bikins, Patagonia, Ford, and Teeki hot pants.