Jun 22, 2019

Why are Nike trainers washing up on beaches?

Over the past year, from Bermuda and the Bahamas to Ireland and Orkney, hundreds of pairs of unworn shoes have washed up on beaches. Liam McNamara, from County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland, has found "Well over 100" shoes - mostly Nike trainers - that in his opinion "Most definitely" came from that vessel. "Whatever it is - if it is sinking to the bottom or washing up on beaches - it's going to have a detrimental impact to the marine wildlife," says Lauren Eyles, from the Marine Conservation Society. Who worked with Nike helping to clear up a spill of its shoes in the early 1990s, believes the real number is likely to be higher. While many of the shoes from the Maersk Shanghai have been washing up on beaches, far more are likely to be doing laps of the North Atlantic ocean, stuck in a network of powerful currents.

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