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: legolostatsea or legolostatsea 📕 Her photo book ADRIFT: [aff. link]

Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
Sound mix by Graham Haerther

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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom ScottPred 2 meseci

    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.

  2. Edward DeBartolo

    Edward DeBartoloPred 14 dnevi

    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.

  3. MrMelon LP

    MrMelon LPPred 23 dnevi

    @Jacob Hornbrook z

  4. soundtrancecloud

    soundtrancecloudPred 28 dnevi

    you didnt notice? you for real? ignorant

  5. Twincast

    TwincastPred mesecem

    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.

  6. Tozo

    TozoPred mesecem

    That AI for video ideas is working :O

  7. Andrew Stein

    Andrew SteinPred uro

    Im telling my kids this is where legos come from

  8. Samson FPV

    Samson FPVPred 20 urami

    Can’t tell if Tom is 17 or 77

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    xx xxxPred dnevom


  10. Justin Bustin

    Justin BustinPred 2 dnevi

    Capitalism side effects

  11. Dogeimations

    DogeimationsPred 3 dnevi

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

  12. alex jay

    alex jayPred 3 dnevi

    I live in cornwall!

  13. Hinterfragen!

    Hinterfragen!Pred 3 dnevi

    That made me sad.

  14. Tammy Tammy

    Tammy TammyPred 4 dnevi

    The sore salesman trivially serve because milkshake apically hug at a thinkable veterinarian. powerful, sturdy zoo

  15. Eman M

    Eman MPred 4 dnevi

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

  16. Spider Heart

    Spider HeartPred 5 dnevi

    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.

  17. Hebah Khalid

    Hebah KhalidPred 6 dnevi

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

  18. Rain Man

    Rain ManPred 6 dnevi

    plastic, the new sand.

  19. BlendyStick

    BlendyStickPred 6 dnevi

    Let me know if you find a 4x2 flat

  20. Swiftly Several

    Swiftly SeveralPred 6 dnevi

    Someone made a Lego titanic

  21. Ding Ding

    Ding DingPred 6 dnevi

    plastic beach by gorillaz

  22. Malika Hayes

    Malika HayesPred 7 dnevi

    The aware withdrawal commercially clean because steven accordantly fancy following a omniscient kettle. abusive, lucky trowel

  23. Shields Mckinney

    Shields MckinneyPred 7 dnevi

    The placid adapter inadvertently spare because celsius trivially blush toward a sore population. limping, delirious aftermath

  24. WikiHowFrog 903

    WikiHowFrog 903Pred 8 dnevi

    Shotgun wads?

  25. Emma Strange

    Emma StrangePred 8 dnevi

    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.

  26. Barnaby Lee

    Barnaby LeePred 8 dnevi

    Take the plastic away only for it to go back?

  27. NotTheWheel

    NotTheWheelPred 9 dnevi

    Well this was a grim outing to say the least.

  28. Harry Moody Reactions

    Harry Moody ReactionsPred 9 dnevi

    I've nearly drowned on that beech 😀

  29. Steph Ss

    Steph SsPred 10 dnevi

    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.

  30. Kyle

    KylePred 10 dnevi

    Who calls a bin bag a trash bag

  31. UnsoughtDrop492

    UnsoughtDrop492Pred 10 dnevi

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  32. Silvanus David

    Silvanus DavidPred 11 dnevi

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

  33. Caleb Fisher

    Caleb FisherPred 11 dnevi

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

  34. delta250a

    delta250aPred 10 dnevi

    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.

  35. simplicitylost

    simplicitylostPred 11 dnevi

    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.

  36. Matt Zelonka

    Matt ZelonkaPred 12 dnevi

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

  37. Natalie Hammell

    Natalie HammellPred 13 dnevi

    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.

  38. whiteclifffl

    whitecliffflPred 13 dnevi

    The fish have to play with something.

  39. Rohanrajan Vadivelraj

    Rohanrajan VadivelrajPred 14 dnevi

    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😅

  40. skara 42

    skara 42Pred 14 dnevi

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

  41. Edward DeBartolo

    Edward DeBartoloPred 14 dnevi

    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.

  42. Coconüts!

    Coconüts!Pred 15 dnevi

    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.

  43. Cameron

    CameronPred 15 dnevi

    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

  44. Hubert

    HubertPred 15 dnevi


  45. No One

    No OnePred 15 dnevi

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

  46. culwin

    culwinPred 16 dnevi

    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!

  47. Harry E

    Harry EPred 16 dnevi


  48. A D Volente

    A D VolentePred 17 dnevi

    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.

  49. Yak69

    Yak69Pred 17 dnevi

    Lego? it’s called legos!!!!

  50. yellowwoodstraveler

    yellowwoodstravelerPred 17 dnevi

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

  51. Mr Random

    Mr RandomPred 17 dnevi

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

  52. No4murasame

    No4murasamePred 17 dnevi

    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)

  53. patrickdwts

    patrickdwtsPred 17 dnevi

    This video made me depressed.

  54. Jordan Weir

    Jordan WeirPred 17 dnevi

    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

  55. I'm the captain now

    I'm the captain nowPred 17 dnevi

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

  56. Dictolory

    DictoloryPred 17 dnevi

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

  57. Smote Reverser

    Smote ReverserPred 17 dnevi

    Horrifying. Take your litter home.

  58. Depot msa

    Depot msaPred 17 dnevi

    I hereby name this beach beach

  59. freibier

    freibierPred 18 dnevi

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

  60. M4RKU50

    M4RKU50Pred 18 dnevi

    this would be my place for collecting lego pieces

  61. Woo Six

    Woo SixPred 18 dnevi

    Free legos? Legos are expensive

  62. Paul O'Hagan

    Paul O'HaganPred 18 dnevi

    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 ...

  63. Superphilipp

    SuperphilippPred 18 dnevi

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

  64. M. Long

    M. LongPred 18 dnevi

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

  65. Dr. Davenport Lee

    Dr. Davenport LeePred 18 dnevi

    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

  66. Bean Gorl

    Bean GorlPred 18 dnevi

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

  67. Daemeous

    DaemeousPred 19 dnevi

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

  68. Matteus Sartre

    Matteus SartrePred 19 dnevi

    One day robots will clean all this up.

  69. danny g

    danny gPred 19 dnevi

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

  70. Ascertivus

    AscertivusPred 19 dnevi

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

  71. Shannon Pincombe

    Shannon PincombePred 20 dnevi

    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.

  72. Lee Fall

    Lee FallPred 20 dnevi

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

  73. Dubious

    DubiousPred 20 dnevi

    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.

  74. Ian Brown

    Ian BrownPred 20 dnevi

    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.

  75. RAD Rachael

    RAD RachaelPred 20 dnevi

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

  76. John Peter

    John PeterPred 20 dnevi

    The unadvised run socioeconomically travel because wrench univariably squeeze off a auspicious insect. frequent, staking summer

  77. sproc01

    sproc01Pred 20 dnevi

    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

  78. A J

    A JPred 20 dnevi

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

  79. Rikio Rikio

    Rikio RikioPred 21 dnevom

    Why are you so british?

  80. Hitori Shinda

    Hitori ShindaPred 21 dnevom

    So this is where lego mines their blocks

  81. Ethan Forsyth

    Ethan ForsythPred 21 dnevom

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

  82. Guinness

    GuinnessPred 22 dnevi

    Welcome to a taste of the future

  83. snoop dogg dank kush

    snoop dogg dank kushPred 22 dnevi

    Jealous!! ):

  84. SimpleAs Liam

    SimpleAs LiamPred 22 dnevi

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

  85. Octamed

    OctamedPred 22 dnevi

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

  86. Heiko Weber

    Heiko WeberPred 22 dnevi

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

  87. yasio bolo

    yasio boloPred 23 dnevi

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

  88. Bryan Hann

    Bryan HannPred 23 dnevi

    Lego blocks are damn well engineered.

  89. yasio bolo

    yasio boloPred 23 dnevi

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

  90. JZ's Best Friend

    JZ's Best FriendPred 23 dnevi

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

  91. beeldpuntXVI

    beeldpuntXVIPred 23 dnevi

    Thans Why the ocean clean up project is So dn important

  92. Brenden Carr

    Brenden CarrPred 23 dnevi

    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

  93. Alex Webber

    Alex WebberPred 23 dnevi

    Hey, *That's My Lego Missing Piece*

  94. xX_brad_Xx

    xX_brad_XxPred 23 dnevi

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

  95. Scott Fannin

    Scott FanninPred 23 dnevi

    "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.

  96. Schwarzer Panther

    Schwarzer PantherPred 24 dnevi

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

  97. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuytPred 24 dnevi

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

  98. Jay Watson

    Jay WatsonPred 24 dnevi

    This is horrific.

  99. Aris Nikolopoulos

    Aris NikolopoulosPred 24 dnevi

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

  100. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuytPred 24 dnevi

    We must act now!

  101. notmy thing

    notmy thingPred 24 dnevi

    That's so sad...

  102. Paul, Does things.

    Paul, Does things.Pred 24 dnevi

    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.

  103. Anchor Bait

    Anchor BaitPred 24 dnevi

    Thank you for saying Lego without an "s"

  104. Thomas Bramwell

    Thomas BramwellPred 25 dnevi

    Come pick it up so the cycle can start again😳

  105. Britonbear

    BritonbearPred 25 dnevi

    England! Wash your mouth out Tom.

  106. Hero of Kush

    Hero of KushPred 25 dnevi

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

  107. Cpt. Cornelius

    Cpt. CorneliusPred 25 dnevi

    Away? and put it where?

  108. Steve Pugh

    Steve PughPred 25 dnevi

    yes, take many bags, and think about the planet.

  109. OnlyOneTyping

    OnlyOneTypingPred 25 dnevi

    even if you take the plastic away and take it to a tip it will just end up back in the sea. there must be a way to dispose of plastic properly. How about that story, Tom?