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Plastic Poem is about plastic pollution




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

Do you help stop plastic pollution poll?

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

Questions & Answers

Question: How can you think of such beautiful poems?

Answer: I find it easy! There are so many subjects, both good and bad, beautiful and ugly, happy and sad, to inspire!

© 2010 Steve Andrews


Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on July 04, 2019:

Yes, Jennifer, you are welcome to share if you credit me, and I would appreciate a link to where it is shared if you do so online.

Jennifer Lucas on July 04, 2019:

Is it okay to share if we cite your name?

Sabeha on October 03, 2018:

Thanks to all non plastic voters

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on June 30, 2018:

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...

Diane Denison from Cincinnati Ohio on June 30, 2018:

I enjoyed this very much in which I shared it.

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on June 04, 2018:

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

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2018:

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!

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on June 03, 2018:

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.

Shawn Weissman from Boston, MA on June 03, 2018:

I love this. Such an important cause.

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on April 05, 2017:

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 from UK on April 05, 2017:

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.

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on May 05, 2016:

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

amna imran on May 05, 2016:

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

so do




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

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on April 12, 2012:

Thank you!

jiya on April 12, 2012:


Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on March 14, 2012:

Thank you!

Rajna Devi on March 14, 2012:

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

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on September 03, 2011:

Does it involve plastic?

honey mae on September 02, 2011:

i have an assignment!!!!! :)

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on December 06, 2010:

Thank YOU for posting!

pennyofheaven from New Zealand on December 05, 2010:

So true! Thanks!

gg on September 29, 2010:

thank you

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on September 17, 2010:

Thanks, Nicky!

Nicky Page from Indiana on September 17, 2010:

Well done!

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on September 14, 2010:

Thank you, Seema!

Seema Misra on September 14, 2010:

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.

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on June 30, 2010:

Thank you too, Apricot!

Bengali Bratisha from Italy on May 10, 2010:

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!

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on April 29, 2010:

Thank you, faeriemoonmama!

faeriemoonmama on April 28, 2010:

Yes, I quite like this one

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on April 27, 2010:

Thank you too, BJ!

BJBenson from USA on April 27, 2010:

I really needed some Bard of Ely today thank you.

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on April 27, 2010:

Thank you, Ann and Pinkhawk!

pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on April 27, 2010:

...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!

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on April 27, 2010:

Very creative and a great reminder, Ely!

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on April 26, 2010:

Thank you!

wesleycox from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 on April 26, 2010:

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

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on April 26, 2010:

Thank you, Maven101!

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on April 26, 2010:

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

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on April 26, 2010:

Thank you, Freya, Lorlie6 and George!

George J Hardy from Southern New Jersey on April 26, 2010:

Irresponsible trash from irresponsible plastic people!

Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on April 26, 2010:

Beautifully done, Bard!

Freya Cesare from Borneo Island, Indonesia on April 26, 2010:

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

Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on April 26, 2010:

Thank you, Tantrum!

tantrum from Tropic of Capricorn on April 26, 2010:

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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