beach treasure or trash?

Collected from the beach in Barbados. The colours stand out on the beach quite easily. As a child, I always looked out for these pieces. The green came from Sprite bottles, the brown from Banks beer bottles, the white from Coke bottles. Occasionally, you would stumble upon a piece of china glass, as in the one at the far back with hints of blue. The red one I threw in even though it is plastic. A fraud. Years ago, all soda came in bottles, so the beaches would invariably be littered with pretty sea glass. The more rounded the edges, the longer it had been nudged, massaged and caressed by the ocean.

Now, with the introduction of plastic, the result can no better be described as disasterous for the environment. I promised I would only write about things that made me feel good while in Barbados. This one is hard to ignore. I wish the bottling companies would be kinder to the earth and resort back to glass. Better for the beach, the ocean, and the avid sea glass collector.

Update – A year after I originally posted this, Dianna Cohen, co-founder the Plastic Pollution Coalition, gave a very informative talk on plastic pollution. Her April 2010 TED Talk on Tough truths about plastic pollution is worth watching if you care about our ocean, our marine life, and our planet. What stuck out in her talk about the concept of reusing and recycling plastics, which is a step in the right direction, is the idea of consumers refusing to buy products that come in plastic packaging. A choice we can all make to get corporations to change. We need to cherish our treasure. 


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