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 Scott

    Prije mjesec

    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.

    • Edward DeBartolo

      Edward DeBartolo

      Prije 8 dana

      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.

    • MrMelon LP

      MrMelon LP

      Prije 17 dana

      @Jacob Hornbrook z

    • soundtrancecloud


      Prije 22 dana

      you didnt notice? you for real? ignorant

    • Twincast


      Prije 23 dana

      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.

    • Tozo


      Prije 25 dana

      That AI for video ideas is working :O

  2. BlendyStick


    Prije 6 sati

    Let me know if you find a 4x2 flat

  3. Swiftly Several

    Swiftly Several

    Prije 10 sati

    Someone made a Lego titanic

  4. Ding Ding

    Ding Ding

    Prije 13 sati

    plastic beach by gorillaz

  5. Malika Hayes

    Malika Hayes

    Prije 22 sati

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

  6. Shields Mckinney

    Shields Mckinney

    Prije dan

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

  7. WikiHowFrog 903

    WikiHowFrog 903

    Prije dan

    Shotgun wads?

    • Emma Strange

      Emma Strange

      Prije dan

      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.

  8. Barnaby Lee

    Barnaby Lee

    Prije 2 dana

    Take the plastic away only for it to go back?

  9. NotTheWheel


    Prije 3 dana

    Well this was a grim outing to say the least.

  10. Harry Moody Reactions

    Harry Moody Reactions

    Prije 3 dana

    I've nearly drowned on that beech 😀

  11. Steph Ss

    Steph Ss

    Prije 3 dana

    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.

  12. Kyle


    Prije 3 dana

    Who calls a bin bag a trash bag

  13. UnsoughtDrop492


    Prije 4 dana

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  14. Silvanus David

    Silvanus David

    Prije 4 dana

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

  15. Caleb Fisher

    Caleb Fisher

    Prije 4 dana

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

    • delta250a


      Prije 4 dana

      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.

  16. simplicitylost


    Prije 5 dana

    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.

  17. Matt Zelonka

    Matt Zelonka

    Prije 6 dana

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

  18. Natalie Hammell

    Natalie Hammell

    Prije 7 dana

    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.

  19. whiteclifffl


    Prije 7 dana

    The fish have to play with something.

  20. Rohanrajan Vadivelraj

    Rohanrajan Vadivelraj

    Prije 8 dana

    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😅

  21. skara 42

    skara 42

    Prije 8 dana

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

  22. Edward DeBartolo

    Edward DeBartolo

    Prije 8 dana

    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.

  23. Coconüts!


    Prije 8 dana

    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.

  24. Cameron


    Prije 9 dana

    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

  25. Hubert


    Prije 9 dana


  26. No One

    No One

    Prije 9 dana

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

  27. culwin


    Prije 10 dana

    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!

  28. Harry E

    Harry E

    Prije 10 dana


  29. A D Volente

    A D Volente

    Prije 10 dana

    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.

  30. Yak69


    Prije 10 dana

    Lego? it’s called legos!!!!

  31. yellowwoodstraveler


    Prije 10 dana

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

  32. Mr Random

    Mr Random

    Prije 11 dana

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

  33. No4murasame


    Prije 11 dana

    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)

  34. patrickdwts


    Prije 11 dana

    This video made me depressed.

  35. Jordan Weir

    Jordan Weir

    Prije 11 dana

    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

  36. I'm the captain now

    I'm the captain now

    Prije 11 dana

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

  37. Dictolory


    Prije 11 dana

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

  38. Smote Reverser

    Smote Reverser

    Prije 11 dana

    Horrifying. Take your litter home.

  39. Depot msa

    Depot msa

    Prije 11 dana

    I hereby name this beach beach

  40. freibier


    Prije 11 dana

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

  41. M4RKU50


    Prije 11 dana

    this would be my place for collecting lego pieces

  42. Woo Six

    Woo Six

    Prije 11 dana

    Free legos? Legos are expensive

  43. Paul O'Hagan

    Paul O'Hagan

    Prije 12 dana

    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 ...

  44. Superphilipp


    Prije 12 dana

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

  45. M. Long

    M. Long

    Prije 12 dana

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

  46. Dr. Davenport Lee

    Dr. Davenport Lee

    Prije 12 dana

    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

  47. Bean Gorl

    Bean Gorl

    Prije 12 dana

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

  48. Daemeous


    Prije 12 dana

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

  49. Matteus Sartre

    Matteus Sartre

    Prije 13 dana

    One day robots will clean all this up.

  50. danny g

    danny g

    Prije 13 dana

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

  51. Ascertivus


    Prije 13 dana

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

  52. Shannon Pincombe

    Shannon Pincombe

    Prije 13 dana

    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.

  53. Lee Fall

    Lee Fall

    Prije 13 dana

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

  54. Dubious


    Prije 13 dana

    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.

  55. Ian Brown

    Ian Brown

    Prije 13 dana

    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.

  56. RAD Rachael

    RAD Rachael

    Prije 13 dana

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

  57. John Peter

    John Peter

    Prije 14 dana

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  58. sproc01


    Prije 14 dana

    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

  59. A J

    A J

    Prije 14 dana

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

  60. Rikio Rikio

    Rikio Rikio

    Prije 14 dana

    Why are you so british?

  61. Hitori Shinda

    Hitori Shinda

    Prije 15 dana

    So this is where lego mines their blocks

  62. Ethan Forsyth

    Ethan Forsyth

    Prije 15 dana

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

  63. Guinness


    Prije 15 dana

    Welcome to a taste of the future

  64. snoop dogg dank kush

    snoop dogg dank kush

    Prije 16 dana

    Jealous!! ):

  65. SimpleAs Liam

    SimpleAs Liam

    Prije 16 dana

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

  66. Octamed


    Prije 16 dana

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

  67. Heiko Weber

    Heiko Weber

    Prije 16 dana

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

  68. yasio bolo

    yasio bolo

    Prije 16 dana

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

  69. Bryan Hann

    Bryan Hann

    Prije 16 dana

    Lego blocks are damn well engineered.

    • yasio bolo

      yasio bolo

      Prije 16 dana

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

  70. JZ's Best Friend

    JZ's Best Friend

    Prije 17 dana

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

  71. beeldpuntXVI


    Prije 17 dana

    Thans Why the ocean clean up project is So dn important

  72. Brenden Carr

    Brenden Carr

    Prije 17 dana

    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

  73. Alex Webber

    Alex Webber

    Prije 17 dana

    Hey, *That's My Lego Missing Piece*

  74. xX_brad_Xx


    Prije 17 dana

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

  75. Scott Fannin

    Scott Fannin

    Prije 17 dana

    "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.

  76. Schwarzer Panther

    Schwarzer Panther

    Prije 17 dana

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

  77. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt

    Prije 17 dana

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

  78. Jay Watson

    Jay Watson

    Prije 17 dana

    This is horrific.

  79. Aris Nikolopoulos

    Aris Nikolopoulos

    Prije 18 dana

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

    • vbddfy euuyt

      vbddfy euuyt

      Prije 17 dana

      We must act now!

  80. notmy thing

    notmy thing

    Prije 18 dana

    That's so sad...

  81. Paul, Does things.

    Paul, Does things.

    Prije 18 dana

    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.

  82. Anchor Bait

    Anchor Bait

    Prije 18 dana

    Thank you for saying Lego without an "s"

  83. Thomas Bramwell

    Thomas Bramwell

    Prije 18 dana

    Come pick it up so the cycle can start again😳

  84. Britonbear


    Prije 18 dana

    England! Wash your mouth out Tom.

  85. Hero of Kush

    Hero of Kush

    Prije 19 dana

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

  86. Cpt. Cornelius

    Cpt. Cornelius

    Prije 19 dana

    Away? and put it where?

  87. Steve Pugh

    Steve Pugh

    Prije 19 dana

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

  88. OnlyOneTyping


    Prije 19 dana

    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?

  89. kolim jone

    kolim jone

    Prije 19 dana

    the amount of plastic waste dramatically. We used to have milk in reusable bottles and buy things by weight, we should do that again but better this time.

  90. Florian Koch

    Florian Koch

    Prije 19 dana

    Never! Never go barefooted on that beach

    • kolim jone

      kolim jone

      Prije 19 dana


  91. Tim Slee

    Tim Slee

    Prije 19 dana

    Wait, it's all lego?

  92. Phantom Plastics

    Phantom Plastics

    Prije 19 dana

    This is not a story about plastic or waste, it's a story about a shipwreck and litter. Blaming materials is naive, unjust and counterproductive. What we see here is the result of humans behaving badly.

  93. 69 production

    69 production

    Prije 19 dana

    Imagine going to the beach and right when u get in the water u step on a lego

  94. Shark Falcon

    Shark Falcon

    Prije 20 dana

    We must act now!

  95. Tippex


    Prije 20 dana

    Me, a Cornishman: (hears its in Cornwall) well I know where I’m going on the weekend.

  96. oiuet souiu

    oiuet souiu

    Prije 20 dana

    and that there a few people who notice.

  97. Sam


    Prije 20 dana

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  98. Keith Wood

    Keith Wood

    Prije 20 dana

    I expect to be downvoted for this, but aside from the visual impact, I didn't hear any mention of this affecting anything at all, not plants, not animals, no mention of any of that. Now, I pick up trash as a matter of course in the outdoors because I don't like to see it. I just brought home pounds of trash from a nice camping area. I do it whenever I'm out there. But I don't have "creeping horror" or lose any sleep about it. Really folks, lighten up. Pick up trash when you see it, make sure your trash gets in the bin, and have a nice day.

  99. khalid.n.a.sha3 qahtani

    khalid.n.a.sha3 qahtani

    Prije 20 dana

    This what happens when you have nothing important to do, so sad .

  100. passerby


    Prije 20 dana

    Today we can still find all around us on earth remnants of the era we call the stone age, coupled with that of the copper age, bronze age, iron age, age of the industrial revolution and so on, and we and our children can wonder about our ancestors, how they lived and who they were by studying that which remains from their passing, so I find it to be more than a little disturbing when I realise it is quite possible that no future humans and/or their children will be alive on earth to consider our tenure or even our passing, as the blissfully ignorant occupants of the plastic age.