Plastic Poem is about plastic pollution

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Inspired by the Plastiki

Inspired by David de Rothschild's Plastiki Expedition, which at time of writing was making its epic journey across the Pacific Ocean and passing through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area twice the size of Texas made up mainly of floating plastic rubbish, I wrote the poem that follows after the next paragraph.

The BBC have published a video report showing that a remote beach in Hawaii is being converted into plastic sand at an alarming rate as more and more plastic trash gets washed up on it. Plastic only breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces and so can become plastic sand. In Hawaii and elsewhere in many places what appears to be sand is actually plastic grains. Beaches are being converted into plastic ones at a terrible cost to the environment and the wildlife it supports.

Plastic Poem

Plastic packaging and plastic rings,

Plastic bags for more plastic things,

Plastic bottles for the water you drink,

But plastic causes death so stop and think!

Millions of sea birds and turtles painfully die,

After eating plastic that floats on by,

Plastic thrown away and out of reach,

Ends up as plastic sand on a plastic beach,

Plastic sold for consumer cash

Fills our oceans with plastic trash.

Captain Charles Moore on the seas of plastic

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How does the plastic get to the sea?

Many people think that the plastic rubbish we see on beaches or floating on the tides has been dumped at sea or thrown as litter on the beaches but while some of it gets there that way, most of it gets washed down into the oceans in rivers and drains. Go to any river these days and you will find plastic trash being carried downstream. Plastic litter that gets thrown in the countryside and in towns and cities often ends up in drains and in rivers. When there are thunderstorms this plastic rubbish gets washed down any watercourses it lands in. Most of the plastic that ends up in the sea gets there from inland.

The variety of plastic rubbish is alarming. Plastic drinking straws, bottles, cups, lighters, bottle caps, packaging, bags, and toys are just some of the objects that contribute to the plastic pollution problem.

The 4 Rs

The plastic pollution problem is a growing one as tons of the toxic material enters the sea each day. We all need to do what we can to halt this getting any worse than the situation already is. Most seabirds now have plastic in them and the same goes for whales, many of which are beaching and dying because their stomachs are filled with plastic trash.

And the problem is not just near cities that are on the coast but all around the planet. The oceans carry the plastic all around the world and dump it on beaches in the most remote places.

So what can an individual do, I expect you are asking? Well a simple answer is contained in the 4Rs formula which is to Reduce, Refuse, Reuse and Recycle! The more we do follow that formula the better it is for the world!

Catalyst ABC TV - Plastic Oceans

© 2010 Steve Andrews

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tantrum 6 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

This poem is great ! I really like it very much. I hope people get conscious of what plastic does to the world. Cheers ! :)


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Tantrum!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Nice poem. And very true. Thank you. ^_^


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Beautifully done, Bard!


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George J Hardy 6 years ago from Southern New Jersey

Irresponsible trash from irresponsible plastic people!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Freya, Lorlie6 and George!


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Nicely summarized with consumer cash equates consumer trash...Thanks for this...Go Green..!!...Larry


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Maven101!


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It is a must. Great reminder


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you!


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Very creative and a great reminder, Ely!


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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

...cool and with a great message behind! ^.^.. Ok I will not complain anymore regarding the use of paper bags instead of plastics in buying stuffs!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Ann and Pinkhawk!


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

I really needed some Bard of Ely today thank you.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you too, BJ!


faeriemoonmama 6 years ago

Yes, I quite like this one


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, faeriemoonmama!


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apricot 6 years ago from Italy

Aaagh, I've heard about this plastic clogging up the waters and killing birds and sealife! What about the recycled plastic, I hope that doesn't end up there too? If only people would stop and think! Very nice poem!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you too, Apricot!


Seema Misra 6 years ago

Hi , i recently watched addicted to plastic and was reading up on plastic online. I came across your poem and really liked it. Have quoted it in a review on my blog.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Seema!


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Nicky Page 6 years ago from Indiana

Well done!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks, Nicky!


gg 5 years ago

thank you


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

So true! Thanks!


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank YOU for posting!


honey mae 5 years ago

i have an assignment!!!!! :)


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Does it involve plastic?


Rajna Devi 4 years ago

nice poem.thank you 4 writing this poem.hope people wil try to stop using plastic.


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Bard of Ely 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you!


jiya 4 years ago

Nice..poem


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Bard of Ely 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you!


amna imran 4 months ago

if we will use 3R principle our country will soon be the best country in whole world

so do

recycle

reuse

reduce

we want our country to be the bestgirl in the whole world


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Bard of Ely 4 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for pointing out the 3Rs and there is one more to make it four: Refuse!

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