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Plastic is Death

Updated on November 29, 2014

Murder by Plastic

Animals the world over are suffering the effects of plastic, including humans. The food chain starts in the ocean and here the pollution by plastic bits and pieces, mistaken for food by all ocean feeding creatures, is poison. It is not only toxic, releasing dangerous chemicals into organisms which we consume, but it sends its toxicity through the body of the beast as well as stuffing the gut and stopping nutrition and normal nourishment.

We are wasting our world in waste. Pollution is here from every country and human alive. Can it be stopped? No, we are the victims of greed because plastic is cheap.

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Dumping our Death
Dumping our Death

Trashing the Environment

Death is inevitable for the world

The oceans are the one place where one thinks that nature can heal everything in it. When I was growing up near Bondi we were taught that a dip in the ocean would heal a wound, help repair damaged tissue and relieve muscles strain and so on, Now a dip in the ocean is more likely to cause death than to heal.

This is the 'Throw Away' society and what we throw away is usually manufactured substituted goods for natural products. People no longer know about recycling because most of their trash is plastic and non-biodegradable.

My garbage bin, on the other hand, is hardly ever in need of emptying because by growing my own food and preserving it in GLASS containers, which have been used constantly over the last 30 odd years, there is little plastic entering this house. Most of my trash is recycled in the compost bin where the worms grow and glow through the health of their sustenance.

Animals Feeding on Plastic Garbage

The Sea is a Trash Dump

We don't know the half of it.

Plastic floats and breaks up into small sections and some ot it is taken as food by animals who would normally skim the top of the water for delicate morsels. Bottle tops that resemble shrimp are irresistible to birds who are feeding their young. Colored bits of debris resembling small fish are irresistible to bigger fish, and they to bigger fish or sharks, and so on. But the toxicity in the plastic is also leaking out into the ocean and the more there is the worse the condition of the water.

But there is more in the sea than plastic because it has been a dump for all types of things for countless generations. Normal disposal of waste is a hindrance if it is kept on board until reaching shore. Navy vessels, such as that of an Australian crew, was filmed and large plastic bags full of debris and rubbish were being dumped overboard by the crew. This, in spite of having state of the art equipment on board to take care of it. For the sailors concerned it was more convenient to just toss it overboard.

A recently aired documentary on the National Geographic channel showed a lot worse. Ordinances were dumped overboard from war ships are the end of the Second World War. Off the south-east coast of Italy there are hundreds of tons of chemical warfare, mainly mustard gas, containers lying on the bottom of the Aegian Sea. People swimming in the sea are experiencing large open sores on limbs which are extremely painful and hard to heal. Mustard gas eats into the flesh and continues to burn for some time after contact.

There was worldwide outrage when Chemical Ally, as he was dubbed, exploded mustard gas and killed a few thousand Kurds towards the end of the Saddam Hussein rule. The Americans were planning to discharge these canisters over the people of Europe, probably Germany. But the evidence was hidden at the bottom of the Ocean until someone spilled the beans.

Between Ireland and Scotland is another dumping ground where the weaponry is piled in heaps 15 to 20 feet high above the sea bottom. No one does anything towards cleaning it up and bombs frequently wash ashore around the coast of the Isle of Mann.

There are such dumping ground pretty much off the coast of every country involved in that war in the Northern Hemisphere. It is little wonder that there are massive fish kills going on, along with whale standings and other unexplainable phenomena. Isn't it time we woke up? But the problem is too big and blame is shifted until no one is to blame.

How Much Plastic Do You Throw Out - Would you stop buying things in plastic containers

Plastic is cheap and everyone has it in their homes in large quantities. But why?

Do you have plastic in your home?

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  • BarbsSpot 4 years ago

    @Lensmaster...Absolutely. It's about unavoidable!

  • Deadicated LM 4 years ago

    I try not to partake in anything plastic; it's hard sometimes, I recently stopped buying plastic food storage containers and now use my mother's fiesta-ware and pyrex containers for the fridge.

  • maryLuu 4 years ago

    Yes I have.

  • Irrevocable 4 years ago

    Yes we do...generally though its something we try to cut down on. My son does have plastic toys but the majority are second hand (with some exceptions because no matter how many times you tell relatives they don't always listen) and hand me downs from when I was a child. Most of my food comes in boxes so I have been able to avoid plastic this way. I think though that that is probably the hardest thing to get rid of - there is much plastic packaging on everything if you have to buy from a supermarket. I am lucky in that I buy my food from local farms so packaging isn't like that of the supermarkets.

  • Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

    One of our stores now sells milk among other drinks in glass bottles and you are refunded the deposit when you return them. That is how it used to be and I wish more stores would use glass. I am a canner too but over the years I have collelcted too many jars. I now have an ad in the newspaper advertising sealers. So far no takers.

  • Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

    Yes, plastic everywhere and it drives me crazy.

    I was talking to my wife today about the big plastic milk jugs we recycle. Not so long ago we'd have glass bottles delivered to the door, use them and then put them back out again so the milkman could sterilize and refill them.

    That made so much more sense, than throwing away plastic jugs (which incidentally come in an equally unnecessary cardboard box from Costco where we buy them) or even recycling those jugs which is better, but still energy wasted compared to sterilizing and reusing glass bottles.

    Ugh, so much of human 'progress' is really just a step backwards!

  • Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

    I have some, but try to buy only the plastic that I can recycle locally.

  • feliciasfavs 5 years ago

    Embarrassed but yes, lots of plastics.

  • Godsgraciousgift 5 years ago

    We stopped using plastic for most things. Plastic drinking cups for children is nice. Broken glass is not the easiest thing to clean up.

  • anonymous 5 years ago

    Yes, but I've been thinking for a long time that I need to start using glass! I know a lot of our health problems and possibly even Alzheimer's Disease could stem from plastic chemicals!!

  • AbhinavB LM 6 years ago

    Plastic is inevitable these days... every device or tool has some plastic parts in it... but I take care to recycle them as well as not to litter where they cannot be reprocessed..

  • ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

    We bring in as little plastic as possible and recycle everything we can. However, I'd be much happier in a plastic-free world.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    we do our bit and recycle everything especially plastic

  • SofiaMann 6 years ago

    If, as a minimum. Use recyclable materials whenever I have the opportunity.

  • I-sparkle 6 years ago

    I do. We are trying to be very careful about not buying any more.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    But, I'm very careful for using it.

  • Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

    As little as possible, I love it now that supermarkets in the Uk, are minimising their packaging too, and I noticed a lot of the Christmas selection boxes have changed to smaller and better environment friendly packaging!

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Yes, but as little as possible and reducing!

  • Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

    Yes, although have reduced some. Most of the time I use my cloth grocery bags, but still put produce in the plastic bags provided by the store -- I haven't figured out how to avoid that yet. I could reduce more in other areas too. We also have a pretty decent recycling program in our area, but not for all plastics.

  • Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

    Plastic is convenient and even necessary in many items. My computer has a significant amount of plastic and I'm sitting at home typing this! Our village has a great free recycling program so we can recycle most plastic containers, as well as glass, cans, cardboard and paper. That really reduces the amount of garbage we have to pay to throw away!

  • Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Yes. Though I try to bring cloth shopping bags, I sometimes forget. I reuse them all the time. In most countries in Asia, people reuse most plastic containers but plastic bags though reused are often clogging most public drains and cluttering most roadsides, markets and parks.

  • Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

    A bit, yes. We try to avoid plastic containers from purchased products and recycle or reuse what we have. We've used our own shopping bags for decades, compost and recycle nearly every bit of waste. We upcycle old clothing and other fabrics, buy used furniture and save all the building waste from remodellng our house to use in future projects.

  • Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

    We have a number of plastic items and use the hell out of them. When the time comes we recycle. Our town has an excellent plastic recycling plant that uses more than average. We actually tend to buy containers over bags because more and more companies seem to be going to plastic bags that are not recyclable.

  • marsha32 7 years ago

    food containers....

    we recycle and now we can recycle numbers 1-7 so that added a lot!

    I also crochet different things out of the plastic bags

  • anonymous 7 years ago

    Of course, who doesn't? I do recycle what is recyclable. However, it does annoy me when I see something made out of plastic when I know that there is an alternative.

  • anonymous 7 years ago

    Of course. We all have hundreds of things in our homes, cars, boats, and just about everywhere else you can imagine. I do recycle, but not as religiously as I should. I never really thought about the impact on the oceans. This lens has been an eye-opener. I had never heard of the Pacific Garbage dump. I will do better from now on -- thanks to you.

  • Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

    as little as possible. my pet peeve is packaging that does not recycle. I reuse,

    have started making art with it. a ha! a lens coming on. you did a great job.

  • coverfie 7 years ago

    I try so hard not to use plastic. We shop mostly at the health food stores, yet they still put foods in plastics. Look at all the bags people use when they by produce. I don't think you can be completely plastic free, but we all should do our best.

  • desilegend 7 years ago

    I do and feel quilty about it. Our world revolves around plastic. We are slaves of plastic.

  • coppertantrum 7 years ago

    Yes, there is plastic in my home. We recycle as much as we can, but I still feel that more could be done. Do you think in the future, manufacturers will provide recycling opportunities for the retailers that sell their packaging? It sure would be neat to hop on down to the grocery with the packaging waste from the last trip and drop it off for the rightful owners (companies with the overhead to deal with the recycling of this type of waste).

  • reliable aussies 7 years ago

    It's very hard to avoid bringing plastic in to the home - the use of plastic is so widespread. We have become such a 'throw-away' society. Always, if there is a choice I choose glass instead of plastic bottles etc.

  • poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

    Unwaxed organic lemons arrive in all our supermarkets in plastic based nets...this defeats the object of ethical purchasing, and shows how little producers understand the outlook of the environmentally concious shopping sector. I have written and complained to all of them, and to date have not received a single reply.

    This is a timely lens, on a really important topic.

  • Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

    Yes. Most of the plastic that comes into my home comes from the grocery stores. Almost everything is encased in plastic, wrapped in plastic, etc. What once was packaged in glass has been changed over to cheap plastics. Glass and paper are my preferred containers, and always have been.

  • dustytoes 7 years ago

    Yes, but I buy no bottled water and recycle all that I can at the town transfer station (dump).

  • Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

    Yes, I have some plastic, but not much. I've reduced it significantly and use glass, cloth bags, etc. I also re-use and recycle what I do have.

  • Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 7 years ago

    I think that plastic, which so much of what we use, is killing us with all the poisons that seep through into our food and water. I try and avoid it as much as possible, but you can only do so much.

  • kimmanleyort 7 years ago

    I try not to buy any bottled water and recycle all plastic I do bring in.

  • LoKackl 7 years ago

    Yep! Though I've given up sodas. So, that will help a bit.

  • Spook LM 7 years ago

    Yes, but we take it to the recycling centre along with a lot else.

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  • Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

    We have small amounts of plastic in our home but not a lot. We re-use any plastic bags or wrapping that comes into our home by donating it to an archery club that I belong to where it used to make targets. Any other recyclables that we get are mostly tins or glass or cardboard.

  • Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

    I have some and yes it is much more than I'd like it to be, but mostly because of the kids (toys, toys storage bins and boxes). When it comes to the rest of the house I try very hard to avoid plastic as much as I can. I'm angry for the fact that due to the profit itself world is imposing plastic without considering the real effects.

  • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

    There is no need for it. Styrofoam especially makes me crazy. It is so hard to find a place to recycle that! But it is lobbying and money and laziness of consumers

  • hayleylou lm 7 years ago

    I don't have much plastic, I have some - but I use loads of tupperware.

Plastic Poison in the Oceans?

How much ocean food do you enjoy?

We all eat ocean food, such as fish, shrimp, lobsters, crabs, calamari, and so on, but how safe are these things in light of the pollution they are subjected to?

Prawns, lobsters, crabs and many fish species are bottom feeders. They consume the stuff that sinks down, such as in the waters beside the ordinance dumps. So how safe are they to eat? Many have suffered enormous food poisoning from eating certain seafood in some places. Is this the reason?

A recent documentary showed Salmon in some North American Atlantic draining rivers and the amount of plastic and its effect. Here the substance has caused a massive growth of a very dangerous algae which is on the river bottom. The salmon swim to the bottom during the heat of the day to stay cool and they have developed sores or rashes on their bodies. These are very visible and they now think that it is affecting their reproductive cycles as well as the health of the animals. To avoid the algae they are not going down to the bottom as often and scientists think they may be sunburnt. Anyway the stress is having a devastating effect on their health.

Asian rivers are something else. Millions of people live along their banks and discard rubbish, plastic and human waste into the water. It is a soup of unbelievable pollution and some, like the Mekong, are so heavily polluted that schools of fish are floating dead on top. These fish are harvested and eaten and some make their way to packing sheds for export to western supermarkets as frozen fish pieces.

The next time you order duck or dress and cook one think about its life. Where has it come from and what river or water source has been its home? Ducks eat fish and they swim in the toxic waters of the rivers and creeks such as those just addressed.

We may not know that we have been poisoned from eating any of this food until the accumulated effect in our cells and tissues results in some devastating incurable disease in the future. Will that be our legacy?

Land Polluted by Plastic and Toxic Waste

Suffering the effects of overpopulation

Every person born jams the planet with more pollution. The millions in Asia is a case in point. The goverments have no control over what people do and they do not provide facilities to take the waste away. They are making lots of money. That's obvious from the wealth that leaders are accumulating. But they are too lazy to clean up the planet because to them it is someone else's problems.

But they are our problems. Our lives and that of our children and grandchildren. If we do nothing we are to blame when the entire fresh water system collapses and the oceans stop producing life. Without fresh water we die.

Think about that when you put on your jewels. How much arsenic has gone into the rivers to extract the gold? How much heavy metal is in the rivers thanks to diamond mining, or any other type of mining? How much CO2 is in the atmosphere thanks to burning fossil fuels in cars and other vehicles? How much methane is pouring into the atmosphere as glaciers melt and peat deposits are warming releasing heaps of gas into the air.

Forests are being felled at an unsustainable rate and so the lungs of the earth are destroyed with them. Trees take in the CO2 and breath out Oxygen but we are chopping trees down and replacing them with more industry, more people, more homes, more cars, more pollution. Is there any chance we might one day WAKE UP? It doesn't matter anymore because you cannot change the masses of humanity that are hungry for plastic and that are ultimately killing us.

Plastic is made from oil and that's another reason to avoid it.

Nature is Dying but who Cares?

Long live make believe

Everything about nature has been despised, changed, altered, overrun, over ruled and out foxed. Man alone now has dominion over the earth and prophesy written thousands of years ago stated that man would eventually bring about his own downfall.

Well he has done it alright. If anyone can say how to stop population growth or how to clean the oceans and the land of pollutants, or how to stop the hunger for money destroying even more of what's left, then that person is a genius beyond the measure of anything we have so far seen.

We have pesticides, herbicides, germicides, and genetic manipulation producing a plastic type of food which grows without the need for earthworms to fertilise it, for climate variation and seasons to help it grow, for bees to pollinate and it now has long term shelf life which stops deterioration and natural decline. We eat food that is tasteless, tough and possibly in complete opposition to the nourishment that we have evolved to expect.

Markets have taken over the need for home gardeners, factories have replaced home preserving kits, backyards and garden plots have been replaced by high rise stuffy and unproductive apartment buildings and forests have been replaced by massive farms of mass production that ensures that the plastic life we now lead is maintained. But insects are also affected by changed genetic plants and animals. They too evolved with a certain code that says their cells feed on what is natural, not man made manipulated garbage.

Over population, pollution, death of the basic food chain and a head on collision with common sense have ensured that we arrived at this point.

Voyage to the Plastic Garbage Patch

Toxic Genetically Modified Trees

The Australian Story, recently aired on the ABC in Australia, highlighted the poisoned George's River in Tasmania. Here the oysters were suddenly dying after years of great success. Their shells were malformed and the oysters were unusual in shape inside the shells.

On 22nd February, 2010, it was revealed that " Local doctor Alison Bleaney was concerned about rare cancers among her patients.

Marine ecologist Marcus Scammell had been called in to investigate oyster mortality and deformities.

At the same time, the Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease was first found in the same small pocket of NE Tasmania. Was a connection remotely possible and was there a link to something in the water?"

It turned out that the plantations of eucalyptus trees upstream and on the mountains beyond, some tens of thousands of acres, had been genetically modified. When tested it was discovered that the toxicity in these normally poisonous leaves was increased due to the genetic change and unlike in normal trees it did not break down in nature. That meant that the poison exuded by the trees went into the water and was killing or affecting everything that drank from it, including humans who relied on the river for drinking water.

The facts remain that genetic manipulation is an alteration of the code that has evolved in the genes of plants to comply with the code of those who eat them or to break down and feed the ground with nourishment. Man has cruelly, unthinkingly and mistakenly taken a perfectly natural good product, the eucalyptus tree, and possibly altered it for all time. The pollution from this action will spread as offshoots spring up and probably cross pollinate native forests. If that happens it is likely that all Tasmania's rivers and then those on mainland Australia will suffer the same fate.

That at the hands of scientists who fail to see that reality, that creation and the perfect order of things should never be tampered with. But who can make man listen to that debate. It is better that we all die than accuse any man of foul play.

We can't reverse the clock and undo all that man has done. We can't go back and undo the massive population that now threatens every living thing.

Do You Think We Can Clean Up The Oceans? - Or is it an unsolvable problem?

Will you reject plastic from now on?

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    • Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      It's not easy when you have garbage floatillas the size of Rhode Island in our oceans; I use as little plastic as humanly possible.

    • maryLuu 4 years ago

      It is important not to throw in the nature the plastic we use.

    • Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I'm definitely trying to do that.

    • Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Probably not entirely, but any attempt to slow the pollution down would be a step forward.

    • sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      Once plastic is created, the harm is done once and for all. Plastic disobey any kind of attempt at disposal be it through recycling, burning, or land filling. When you recycle a hazard, you create a hazard.

    • AbhinavB LM 6 years ago

      I say we have too.. If we want better and sustainable future for our younger generations.. we have no choice

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      yes because it is very hurtful to younger children because of the chemicals in it

    • Tyla MacAllister 6 years ago

      I do think the oceans will heal themselves if we stop dumping so much of our waste into them. It won't happen overnight,of course but it could happen within a generation if we start now. We need viable alternatives to plastics,that's for sure.

    • Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I reject is whenever I have other options. Fortunately what little I end up with, I re-use many times and then recycle.

    • SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Yes, I do several things to avoid contaminating the environment.

    • I-sparkle 6 years ago

      Yes.

    • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I do when ever I can. I am lucky where I live as at least they pick it up for recycling, but I know it would be better to not have it at all !

    • Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I will reject most plastics from now on, and recycle everything I can.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      We can make improvements but actual total clean up may be impoosible, there is a lot of plastic added every second. The nations would have to unite, maybe that is something we could agree on. I'd like to think there is an outside possibility.

    • Quirina 7 years ago

      While it is clear that complete rejection is unrealistic (I'd LOVE to buy a wooden computer, though, if there was one in the market), I started realizing a while ago that a reduction of plastic consumptions is not so difficult once you start thinking about it. That is what I do, and I am always on the lookout for more ways to use less plastic.

    • jennysue19 7 years ago

      Wherever it is possible I do so. My local authority in the UK says that recycling most plastic isn't economic, so with a few exceptions (milk containers) it goes into landfill and toxic chemicals will eventually leach into water courses and the sea.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      When possible - but is it really even possible?

    • eccles1 7 years ago

      Yes with this kind of lens it brings awareness of a bad situation by the time we realize how bad it is we already have been bombardad with a plastic world even boobies are made of plasic ! we need to stop buying plastic it's a killer for the planet and all living things you are so right

    • poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

      The only thing that manufacturers respond to is loss of sales. I think the next step is to find ways of letting them know that the product with the least packaging will get the customer.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes! If only we'd all work together!

    • Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 7 years ago

      Trying to, as much as possible. But until large groups of people and companies say no to plastic, we are kind of stuck with it.

    • jimpool 7 years ago

      yes

    • Superwife 7 years ago

      every little bit helps. we've all got to pitch in and clean it up.

    • Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I hate to see the amount of plastic left on beaches, floating in water, entangled in plants, and the ridiculous plastic wrappings on the food and other items we buy. I haven't completely rejected plastic, but I certainly do what I can to reduce its use. Lensrolling and 5*

    • kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      I am trying!

    • Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Yes, we can clean it up. Everyone has to work together.

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      • norma-holt 4 years ago

        @RawBill1: My blood curdles every time I see people drinking from plastic bottles. I take a stainless steel water bottle with me wherever I go and never buy unhealthy lolly drinks. Nice comment. Hugs

      • Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

        Yes I will continue to reject plastic, but sadly I do not see any huge clean up being possible in the near distant future as there are just too many people on this earth who are either uneducated or just do not care! I am trying to do my part, but I am just part of a small minority compared to the masses.

      • Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

        No, I can't see it being possible in this society. But I will continue to find ways to use less of it or at least recycle or reuse it.

      • Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

        I've always tried to minimize my use of plastic and only purchase items in plastic that can be recycled. But there are some things that I can not get in other containers or in plastic that is recyclable. To reject it completely is beyond my control in some circumstances.

      • feliciasfavs 5 years ago

        Honestly, I don't think it is completely possible for now but we have and will cut down more.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Probably won't reject it, but will try to buy and use it much less for sure.

      • ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

        It is hard to take that to its extreme in that just about everything has some. Automobiles, refrigerators, radios, computers - you name it, it contains plastic. Yes, we could easily live without the stuff but we'd have to reject most of the modern world and live a backwoodsman existence. There'd be no Squidoo without plastic!

      • KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

        Almost everything you buy is entombed in plastic these days. We recycle, but I'd rather see less of it.

      • coverfie 7 years ago

        If I can I will. I recycle everything in our home that can be recycled. Plastic never goes in our regular trash can. It can't be solved, we can only try to make it better.

      • dustytoes 7 years ago

        People have been and continue to be stupid. They think a little here and there what's the difference? I'm afraid that our future is set and it's not pretty.

      • Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

        I've cut way back on plastics, but it's virtually impossible to all together avoid plastic. If you buy a video game, it comes wrapped in plastic. I ordered some steaks online, and they came in a giant styrofoam cooler. I'll try to reuse it, but it's mainly in the hands of the manufacturers whether plastic becomes a thing of the past. The alternatives exist, they just don't want to shell out the cash to provide for them.

      • Spook LM 7 years ago

        No I can't see this happening, it's too massive an undertaking. However perhaps laws could be used to disallow dumping in the sea. Then how would you monitor it.

      Polluted River Dead Fish and Human Food

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          Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

          Great, great info!!! I'm a green dog and we strive to be as green for our health and environment as absolutely possible!

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          norma-holt 4 years ago

          @VspaBotanicals: Thank you for the comment and nice to see you here. Hugs

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          VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

          This is the most precise lens I've seen about plastics. I"m speechless. Great lens.

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          Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

          It's a bit ridiculous how much energy and fossil fuels go into making plastics.

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          norma-holt 4 years ago

          @SteveKaye: Love your visits, Steve, and appreciate the blessings,

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          SteveKaye 4 years ago

          Thank you for publishing another lens on such an important topic. We absolutely must stop the destruction being done.

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          maryLuu 4 years ago

          Very interesting lens. It's a very important theme and you sure start an alarm in us!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Why don't we ban plastic, easier said than done. Plastic is so easy to carry, portable and available everywhere, maybe it is better to find a way to recycle this dangerous substance because it is present in abundance everywhere.

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          Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          It is amazing to see how many agree that we must do something about toxic substances but yet nothing is being done to improve the situation. As you say though, the Bible prophesied that this would happen. Still we must do our best.

          Angel blessings.

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          Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

          Very important topic and well presented. Its unfortunate how we've become so reliant upon plastic products and how real progress against using them is also so slow and how hard it is to find affordable alternatives.

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          Andy 5 years ago from London, England

          Excellent lens and such and important topic.

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          Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

          Thank you for spreading these strong messages about as serious and in fact dangerous issue as this one. Blessed!

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          NC Shepherd 5 years ago

          The whole thing frustrates me to the point that I can't coherently convey it to people who need to hear it. I get too agitated. You've presented it well, and I thank you for that. I just wish people could open their eyes/minds and understand what we're doing to the planet and to ourselves.

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          feliciasfavs 5 years ago

          Important message and I hope the world will cut down on plastic uses or not use them all together one day soon.

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          Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

          We are generally aware of the problems posed by plastics. Your lens strikingly brings out the enormity of this problem and its disastrous consequences. Very informative and very well constructed lens.

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          Fanstanding LM 5 years ago

          Great and useful information. Additionally it was well constructed to engage community participation. I also enjoyed reading others comments. Thank you!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          I can sure see why this lens was chosen for Lens of the Day! Great Work!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hey I have reviewed your squidoo lens and I really liked it. Because of this I went ahead and like you on squidoo. Giving your lens another like.

          When you have time, please take a look at my lens. It is located at

          http://www.squidoo.com/appliance-removal-louisvill...

          If you like my lens, please add a like to my lens as well. I am new to squidoo and I would appreciate any comments at all.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Plastics start as nurdles (pre-production plastic) and sadly, they end up in our oceans in that form. Check out this video to know more about nurdles. http://youtu.be/57_KdKrJKeM

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          A very important topic. The sad reality is that greed seems to gratify more than need. Each one doing a little bit can make a huge change. Thanks for the initiative. Good day.

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          AbhinavB LM 6 years ago

          I like the lens, informative and eyeopener for use... the end may be sooner than we think.. I wish the people making plastic should read this..

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I appreciating you for this lens..The time to avoid plastic materials is gone..

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          Johann The Dog 6 years ago from Northeast Georgia

          Great lens!!! It's so important to take care of our planet...

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          SylviaRolfe 6 years ago

          Very informative, heart breaking lens. What we are doing to the animals and the planet is appalling. Blessed by a squid angel.

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          ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

          Absolutley right that this lens has a purple star. Thanks for an important message and so beautifully put together.

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          Tyla MacAllister 6 years ago

          Thank you for tackling this topic. People need to wake up and realize how important our oceans are. *Blessed again by a Squidangel.*

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          Krafick 6 years ago

          Another great lens. Thank you again for thinking about nature.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          love this lens we all should do our bit to keep this planet beautiful

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          fotolady49 lm 6 years ago

          Very good Lens! Awareness and education are so vital to helping restore our planet back to its natural 'green' state.

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          Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          I'm so glad you have drawn attention to this problem. I hope everyone will do what they can to try to avoid plastic. Blessed by a SquidAngel and featured on my angel lens.

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          scar4 6 years ago

          The intro picture makes me think of the "thriller" aka horror movie, but the plastic issue is truly bothering.

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          SofiaMann 6 years ago

          It is always good to remember these issues and know that others are also doing the same effort.

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          I-sparkle 6 years ago

          Going green is the only solution for the future. Plastic usage is just one of the many evils.

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          MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

          Plastic sucks! People who think that gays getting married is not a human right think that they have the human right to buy plastic. It boggles the mind.

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          Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

          This is so great to have an educational lens about plastic pollution here. What a marvelous idea. You are doing a real service to the earth. Thanks for doing it!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Very thank you for creating this great lense. It make us get awareness of plastic using. Take 5 big stars from me :)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Great lens on an important topic.

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          Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

          Fantastic lens, wonderful topic and I am glad it is adourned with a Purple Star

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          thesuccess2 6 years ago

          This stuff is so important: Angel Blessing

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          What an excellent presentation right fro the mind numbing intro picture! Thank you for the many hours you spent on this to make a difference!

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          Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

          Protecting the earth is important. Although this is my second to this site, it is one that I could not wait to come back to just to give it a blessing.

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          NatureMaven 7 years ago

          More people are refusing plastic bags at the grocery store, and I think that is great. However, I recently learned that people need to wash out their own shopping bags in hot water because e-coli has been found in shopper's personal shopping bags. I will only buy cloth bags from now on which I can wash in the washing machine.

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          Quirina 7 years ago

          A very good lens on a very important topic. Werner Boote, an Austrian movie maker has recently made a documentary on this called 'Plastic Planet'. It not only emphasizes the treat to sea life and other animals by plastic wastage, but also depicts very clearly the health risks that arise to us humans from different kinds of chemical compounds bleeding out of the plastic products around us, especially when they come into contact with food. The German version of the film trailer starts with the statement 'After having seen this film you will never drink from a plastic bottle again.' There is also a book of the same title that I think makes the same points as the film. Since I read it, I am actually a phobic of plastic bottles.

          It seems that a couple of people are running experiments on living a totally plastic-free lifestyle, including a family in Austria who share the experiment on a website. Sadly, this is not in English. But I just found this interesting CNN post: http://amfix.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/02/one-womans-m...

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          hayleylou lm 7 years ago

          I will try harder after reading this lens. It certainly makes you think about the bigger picture, I like this lens :)

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          Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

          This is pretty shocking reading -- glad this lens got LOTD and continues to get the message out about the terrible effects of plastic and other dumping (I had no idea for instance about the weapon dumping off the shore of Scotland). Leaving a well-deserved ~*~* Angel Blessing *~*~ for this lens that cares.

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          Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

          I just today found an article in Science News about the huge amount of plastics found in the oceans. I've heard of "the Great Pacific Garbage Patch" before, and apparently these types of patches are probably much more common than thought just a short time ago. Very scary!

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          HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

          Great lens topic. Sending a belated Congratulations on LOTD! We try to use less plastic but can't seem to completely stay away. However, we recently moved to Colorado and they recycle just about everything. We love it!

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          Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

          Good job on bringing attention to this! We can't turn the clock back, but if we could just learn from our mistakes we'd be able to make the future better.

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          jennysue19 7 years ago

          Great lens and very important. Just one thing Norma - what about the plastics that we put down our toilets - tampon casings, parts of disposable nappies and sanitary towels including the wrappers. Not all our UK water authorities are good at extracting that solid waste and preventing it going into rivers and seas. Please visit Surfers against Sewage a UK pressure group which deals specifically with this problem. I mention them in my latest lens about World Water Day.

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          Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

          What a fascinating (and horrifying) read. I had not heard about those genetically modified trees in Tassie.

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          GeorgeK2010 7 years ago

          What amazes me, is the fact that so many people would act differently, if someone would just make them see the truth. We all live busy lives and maybe because of this, we forget what's really important (i know i have been guilty at times).

          Saving the planet is not just the responsibility off an organization, but rather the need to act must fall on the entire human race as a species. We are, after all, responsible for creating this mess.

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          akwbooks 7 years ago

          A lot of true stuff here. I never could figure out why the "green movement" high-pressured restaurants into discontinuing paper "doggie bag" containers and adopting plastic. Paper degrades a lot faster and is a renewable resource. Plastic only makes sense if there's a lot of goo (gravy, sauce, whatever) in the meal that would soak into the paper (and they pretty much had that licked).

          Pity the poor restaurant folks who are now being vilified for caving in to that demand and now being nagged to go back to what they were doing in the first place. ("Make up my mind!"). Hopefully, we won't go down that road again.

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          The-Java-Gal 7 years ago

          Great presentation on an extremely important subject. We have become a disposable society. GMO disturbs me as much as plastics, and the Tasmanian research needs to be spread. 5*s and faved. Will also lensroll.

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          Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

          Congratulazioni on your purple star!

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          marsha32 7 years ago

          Congrats on the purple star!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Wonderful lens on a topic we should all know more about. One does one's best when it comes to recycling, but I don't believe that businesses do their best. Thanks for the lens.

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          hosting-reviews 7 years ago

          I am new to squidoo and just made my 1st lens and am now poking around at other lens yours is the 1st Ive commented on and I wanted to say thank you for an interesting read and plastics , garbage and the environment.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I am in tears. I don't watch much television, and I had never seen all the clips about the damage we are doing to the ocean. I will have to give some very serious thought to more ways in which I can help spread the word about how we are rapidly destroying the sources of our water, as well as our beloved earth. Congratulations on LOTD. I would probably never have seen this otherwise. Now, I am bookmarking it so I can return and read it often. 5* and I am off to join your fan club. I will even add that I love you -- people who want to make a real difference should be showered in love.

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          KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

          Plastic is wasteful and causes pollution on both ends (production and disposal) but this is a side of the issue I imagine most of us haven't thought much about... what it does to the oceans. Great job calling attention to this important issue. Recycling of course is much better than throwing away. Congratulations on LOTD.

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          KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

          Congratulations on LOTD!

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          lasertek lm 7 years ago

          Wonderful lens! I have been recycling and reducing plastic usage in order to help save the environment. I do hope that a lot of people will do the same. Congratulations on LOTD! 5*

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          eccles1 7 years ago

          Love this lens Congratulations!!!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Congratulations on your LOTD - Kathy

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          Shibamom LM 7 years ago

          Very enlightening lens. I try to reduce my plastic use, the is good motivation to kick it up a few notches. Congratulations on LotD

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          kathys55 7 years ago

          Wonderful Lens! If everybody recycled even a little bit it would make a huge difference. I personally rarely buy plastic water bottles.Congrats on LOTD! Lensrolled you!

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          Mart903 7 years ago

          Hi, skiesgreen : ))

          Great example, great lens!

          Congratulations on a well deserved wonderful and healthy Lens of the Day!

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          nebby 7 years ago from USA

          Excellent information on a subject that some just don't want to acknowledge. We've got to do something to help protect our earth and you are spreading the word nicely.

          Fantastic choice for LOTD

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          dustytoes 7 years ago

          Thank you for adding my seashell lens as a link here. I am honored.

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          poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

          This is a wonderfully made lens on a vital issue for all of us. Congratulations on LOTD, 5* from me and best wishes

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          WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          Congratulations on LOTD.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          open eyes are a good thing------

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          Samantha Devereux 7 years ago from Columbia Mo

          Outstanding lens & congrats!

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          Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

          I have been against plastic ever since they came out with the Polyester Suit, and cannot/will not wear anything acrylic. This is a topic that has had my Irish up for many years, and one that is close to my heart. Congratulations. This lens is most worthy of its LOD.

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          Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

          Great lens. If only more people would do as you do. Congratulations on LotD!!

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          dustytoes 7 years ago

          Wonderful info and that first photo is an eye grabber...we all must become aware and do our part...people who litter are just beyond my comprehension.

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          ShortSaleRealtor 7 years ago

          Aesome lens hi 5 for you

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          Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

          Congrats on LOTD. Blessed by an angel as well!

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          thepartyanimal2 7 years ago

          What an amazing lens and you title photo is so eyecatching. I must admit I have way too much plastic in my home. This lens was a real eye opener. Congrats on LOTD - well deserved.

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          Lisa-Marie-Mary 7 years ago

          This lens is so awesome! I really, really need to get better about my use of and disposal of plastic!! I'm lensrolling this to my lens about my main blog just to keep it front and center in my mind! Congratulations on getting LOTD! :-)

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          thanks for sharing!

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          Delia 7 years ago

          5*...great LOTD and great subject...we as human beings should be ashamed of the direspect we have for our earth. We are killing each other with plastic, as it has a domino affect...kill our fish and animals we have no food, contaminate water life ends for many, also toxins from plastic is killing us.

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          NC Shepherd 7 years ago

          AMEN! Thanks for writing this, and congrats on LOTD. I used to grow and preserve my own food, and I rarely had plastic to throw away. I can't wait until I'm able to do that again. People say things won't change because manufacturers are greedy, etc....but why should we expect them to change if we won't? Are you willing to stop buying the crap? Willing to pay more for degradable packaging? We ALL have to take responsibility, and then yes, we CAN make things better.

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          JMcGeeATL 7 years ago

          This is an awesome lens! Great info!

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          Superwife 7 years ago

          excellent lens, this is very eye opening and yay for you for creating this and being lotd everyone needs to read this and articles like it.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Since I became a scuba diver,six years ago, I have seen some pretty disgusting things in the ocean. A partial list: Large plastic lures(with much mono-line,still attached), too many white plastic grocery bags to count, a floor mop, a partially full bottle of motor oil, a bottle of liquid wrench(still containing some of the fluid), all manner of fishing lines and pieces of fishing nets,bits of Styrofoam coolers, and last but not least a full size shopping cart from a grocery store, and, I kid you not, a toilet! Chances are, that the shopping cart and the toilet were carried there during a hurricane,but come on now. My Husband and I have tried to retrieve some of these things, but it seems a losing battle. Sometimes, the divemasters on the scuba boats just look at us like we are crazy, and throw them back in the ocean!

          Do I think that it is hopeless, no, not at all. Awareness is key. And supporting organizations like Ocean Conservancy. They host an annual Shore Cleanup Day, world wide, every year.

          The point is, if we all do a little more each year, things are bound to improve.

          Love your Lens, great job of spreading "Awareness."

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          ie2216 7 years ago

          This is so frightening and so real! Everyone need to do everything they can to be a conscientious visitor on this planet. If we don't do something now, our future generations will pay the full price of our ignorance. Congratulations on LOTD!

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          Guided Abundance 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

          We have to do something! Congrats on LotD!

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          Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          Well deserving LOTD. Congratulations.

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          justholidays 7 years ago

          It's time that people understand that Earth lived before us and will live after us. What we do want is protect human beings... but do they deserve protection when they spend their time fighting each others? Hm....

          Congrats on your LOTD!

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          Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

          Outstanding work, congratulations on LOTD! Plastic is a big problem, but it's cheap, and people would much rather save some money than think of problems in other areas of the world. Unless it's on their doorstep affecting them, things won't change - unless plastic is completely abolished.

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          kimmanleyort 7 years ago

          Thank you for sharing this information. There can't be enough out there about it. I just finished watching the documentary "Addicted to Plastic" last night and would recommend anyone watching it. The good news is that there are people creating plastic-like substances that are non-toxic and biodegrade. Lensrolled to Let's Stop Polluting the Ocean.

          Congratulations on your LOTD. This will bring good attention to this issue.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Congratulations on getting Lens of the Day. I am proud to say that our recycling is normally more than the equivalent of waste we put out for collection each week.

          You may be interested to know that on the BBC news today it's been reported that they are going to try to clean up the Pacific and other garbage patches in the sea.

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          LoKackl 7 years ago

          This is certainly an impassioned and articulate appeal to stop murder by plastic! Nicely done! Very catchy title, too!

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          rewards4life info 7 years ago

          Great lens and a very important subject. We definitely need to change our approach to waste management. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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          Spook LM 7 years ago

          A truly splendid lens, apart from the subject matter I loved your use of HTML and CSS and those little graphics were splendid. May I lensroll a couple of places?

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

          I am so dancing over her in my own little rejoicing step! Congratulations on Lens of the Day! Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

          Very well done and educational!!

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          Robin S 7 years ago from USA

          Super terrific LotD! Congratulations!

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          Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          congrats on LOTD! for a really needed lens too!

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          AnSa 7 years ago

          We should use less plastic, it is simple, but peaple won't understand it till something bad will happened. 5*