“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 fascinate me. They call it reverse gem because it is from man-made trash but are crafted by the ocean waves. While diamonds and gold are from nature but are designed and polished by humans.
When I found many sea glasses on the shores of Apo Island, I was happy but suddenly became sad and sorry upon noticing that they are everywhere by the beach. I was able to collect beautiful ones in Coron and Siargao but they were scanty, few and far between. Unlike in Apo Island – I was surprised to learn that it’s rich with sea glasses of different shapes and interesting colors. You won’t spend that much time in treasure hunting for these beach gems here.
At the other side of the island, we spotted many trash bottles lying in the deserted rocky area and that explains why lots of sea glasses are found here. Most likely they are washed ashore here coming all the way from the main island or even farther than Negros. I noticed ones made from Tanduay and Emperador bottles, the popular hard liquor drinks in the Philippines; their embossed brand marks still obvious on a few sea glasses. The green ones could be Sprite bottles and the brown ones could be beer bottles by origin.
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 widespread issue 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 pay attention and listen to the universe telling us “not get too drunk” so we don’t become unaware with leaving nature with too much work.
Look how the ocean waves transformed glass bottles into such beautiful beach gems. The ocean is doing a great job in recycling trash. Kudos!