I am participating in EthicalELA's September 5-Day Open Write.
Today's poetry challenge is by Denise Krebs, who prompts us to find a news article that resonates and to try to make sense of the content through poetry.
The news source of my poem is an NPR article on how plastic is not really recyclable.
I wrote an acrostic.
Damning details of deception by Big Oil and Gas.
Unsuspecting consumers convinced:
Plastic is recyclable.
Lies ongoing, more than 30 years now.
Internal documents by industry indicate infeasibility of recycling
Cheaper and easier to make new plastic out of oil
Image of recyclable plastic purposefully promoted for enormous profit
Tempting consumers to buy more, while plastic litter languishes in landfills
Yogurt tubs, water bottles, milk jugs, bags, containers, packaging, take out . . . .
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