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Plastic Poem is about plastic pollution

Updated on May 5, 2016

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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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      Sabeha 

      6 weeks ago

      Thanks to all non plastic voters

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      4 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Diane! btw I have a song out on the subject now, entitled Where Does All The Plastic Go? You can stream and download it here: https://www.reverbnation.com/bardofely/song/295144...

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      Diane Denison 

      4 months ago from Cincinnati Ohio

      I enjoyed this very much in which I shared it.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      5 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for commenting, Peggy! btw two more Rs in the battle to solve the problem are Refuse and Rethink!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      This is such an important subject and we need to do all we can to reduce, reuse and recycle in order to reverse this deadly trend. Thanks for publicizing this!

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      5 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks, Kent! I have a song available now on the subject. It's entitled Where Does All The Plastic Go? Google my name and the title to find it on Spotify, Reverb Nation and Soundcloud.

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      Nicholas Weissman 

      5 months ago from Washington, DC

      I love this. Such an important cause.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      19 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Stella! Yes, much more needs to be done to stop this terrible problem getting any worse, which it is doing daily!

    • Stella Kaye profile image

      Stella Kaye 

      19 months ago from UK

      Thank you for highlighting this problem. More needs to be done to persuade plastic producers to come up with an alternative product that doesn't damage the environment and all living things.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      2 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

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

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      amna imran 

      2 years 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

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you!

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      jiya 

      6 years ago

      Nice..poem

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you!

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      Rajna Devi 

      6 years ago

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

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Does it involve plastic?

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      honey mae 

      7 years ago

      i have an assignment!!!!! :)

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank YOU for posting!

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      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      So true! Thanks!

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      gg 

      8 years ago

      thank you

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks, Nicky!

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      Nicky Page 

      8 years ago from Indiana

      Well done!

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Seema!

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      Seema Misra 

      8 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.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you too, Apricot!

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      apricot 

      8 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!

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, faeriemoonmama!

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      faeriemoonmama 

      8 years ago

      Yes, I quite like this one

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you too, BJ!

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      BJBenson 

      8 years ago from USA

      I really needed some Bard of Ely today thank you.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Ann and Pinkhawk!

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      pinkhawk 

      8 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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      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Very creative and a great reminder, Ely!

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you!

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      wesleycox 

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

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

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Maven101!

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      maven101 

      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

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

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Freya, Lorlie6 and George!

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      George J Hardy 

      8 years ago from Southern New Jersey

      Irresponsible trash from irresponsible plastic people!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Beautifully done, Bard!

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      Freya Cesare 

      8 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

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

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Tantrum!

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      tantrum 

      8 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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