Plastic Challenge


Curse the man
who invented plastic
packaging –
lasting through millennia
smothering all life.

 A shadorma is a non-rhyming six-line poem in lines of  3/5/3/3/7/5 syllables

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Going Plastic Free

The Marine Conservation Society has now launched its plastic challenge.  This is basically what we have been trying to do as three colleagues at Northumberland Wildlife Trust since January and it’s great to see the idea given some national attention.

MCS challengeFor those wanting to give it a go our advice is to just try.  Even if you can’t go all out and remove single use plastics from your life everyone can reduce the amount they ‘create’. To do it properly takes time and effort, to make a big difference is relatively easy.  Like most things of this kind cutting the first 50% is simple it gets harder and harder to eat into the remainder until the final few percent requires an enormous amount of effort and time. But if everyone reduced by 50% it would make a huge difference. It is very hard watching shoppers in a supermarket pick up…

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8 Responses to Plastic Challenge

  1. julespaige says:

    Thank you for your kind words on ‘Attachments’ at least some ‘skeeters don’t carry disease.

    As for your Shadorma. Excellent. I have a collection of cloth bags I take to the grocer. I try to have several in my car. I would much rather have paper bags which I can use for wrapping, holding newspapers, and other crafts. I do reuse single use bags when I get them. Sometimes to line my smaller trash bins, and other times I collect them in a larger bag because most grocery stores now have a collection for plastic bags to recycle them. One can also cut them in to strips and use them like yarn. Making hats, bags and rugs. Better than to see them blowing free.

    Everything is packaged in some kind of plastic. And now you have those three D printing machines that make pretty much anything …out of plastic.

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  2. tialys says:

    I have to say that, in this case, France has been ahead of the U.K. for quite a while now with single use plastic bags not even available in a lot of supermarkets. It’s a ‘bag for life’, a cardboard box or nothing. I am so used to it now that, when I go to the U.K., I find it bizarre that single use plastic bags are still handed out so freely.

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  3. Nice poem. I do understand the lament of too much plastic. Some is very useful but like everything it needs to be used with discernment. I use cloth bags and so does my entire family. If I’m going to take home food from a meal at a restaurant, I take my own storage container. I keep them in the car. I think we are all getting wiser about how destructive it can be as well as how useful. I’m cutting back everywhere possible. If I have to use plastic bags, I recycle them. There are bins that take them and make something else with them. Hopefully, they will soon be gone for the most part. Have a great week.

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  4. The new WordPress edting system won’t let me lay this out properly, and the tags won’t register! Posted in formal poetry, re-blogs


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