“Seaglass: is the ocean’s way of telling us that if you give it something breakable, it will turn it into something beautiful.”
Sea glasses always fascinate me. They call it a reverse gem because it is from man-made trash and was polished by ocean waves, while diamonds and gold were from nature but were polished by humans.
When I found many sea glasses on the shores of Apo Island, I was happy but sad at the same time. I also saw beautiful ones in Coron and Siargao, but they were a rare find. Not like in Apo Island – there’s plenty of them.
At the other side of the island, we noticed many bottles lying in the deserted rocky area and this explains why there are lots of sea glasses found on the main shore. I believe this came from the main island and washed ashore here. I saw ones made from Tanduay and Emperador bottles, the popular hard drinks in the Philippines, their embossed brand marks still obvious on a few sea glasses. The green ones might be from Sprite bottles; the brown ones maybe from beer bottles.
It was disappointing and I could only hope that more people learn how to throw their trash properly. It’s simple.
To me it was not only eye-opening, it was a call-to-action, pushing me to do something to help in my own little ways. Picking those trash bottles will not solve this in the long run – as long as irresponsible garbage disposal is being practiced, it will continue to be a problem. But I believe spreading awareness will reduce it significantly over time. So here I am writing, asking fellow humans to take a moment to listen to the universe whispering to us “not get too drunk” so we don’t become unaware that we’re leaving nature with too much work.
Look how the ocean waves transformed these trash glass bottles into such beautiful beach gems. The ocean is doing a great job in recycling trash. Kudos!