Sing up for We Are The World Blogfest!
We Are The World Blogfest

 A group of bloggers from around the world participate in We are the World Blogfest, (#WATWB) and post once a month on the last Friday of the month. It is our attempt to bring and promote good news: a story of a person, or group, or organisation that is seen to be making the world a better place, in so many ways. The blogging also serves to shine a little light on the dark that pervades our planet, and to show that there is much good in the world whether small acts of kindness or on a larger scale …

I love this story that shows business and community in action, caring for our beautiful planet. We’re all aware of plastic, oil spills and trash that lands up in the oceans and threaten coral and sea life. The birds who use the seas and land for food and breeding also get the short end of the stick. SA Plastic refers to South Africa. We cannot emphasise enough how we absolutely have to take care of our own trash, and minimise it in any way we can. Not only for other living sentient land, sea and air creatures, but for ourselves and future generations. And pick up litter when we see it –

Plastics SA has taken a firm step to prevent plastic in our oceans

*this is a one minute video from a different source showing plastic bottles being used to make art, here in Johannesburg, South Africa

If you’d like to take part in this monthly initiative of spreading good news click Here to enter their link: 

Your posts to be non political, non-religious, non-racist. Please add why you like that particular story and add the link to it. About 500 words or less. And spread the word via social media using the hashtag #WATWB. With thanks to our co-hosts this month: Shilpa Garg, Inderpreet Kaur UppalPeter NenaAndrea Michaels, Damyanti Biswas. Do go by and say hello!

Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!


42 Comments on #WATWB

  1. It’s so good to hear and read about this initiative (and others) that attempt to undo the damage caused. I wish we had been more mindful to begin with – but this is at least a beginning. Thanks for this story.

    • Thanks Kalpana for coming by – it’s never too late I reckon. Even our individual small attempts in picking up trash when eg out walking in the neighbourhood seem to barely make a dint, we can each do this –

  2. I’m reading more about how plastic is a menace, and I’m reading about everywhere. I figure this is a good thing, if only because awareness is the first step in problem-solving. Still what a mess, eh? I am so careful about use and disposal of plastic, but how do we get the whole world to catch on?

    • Thanks for coming by Ally Bean. I guess we can each do our bit in one way or the other – saying no to eg plastic straws, minimising use of and disposing of plastic in a responsible way as you say, to be re-used in a sustainable way, not buying food wrapped in plastic and letting the store owner know why etc.

  3. What a relevant post Susan:) appreciate the initiative of SA to bring about awareness, glad to read your post after a long time. I had some issues with my computer and was unable to access. Thank you for sharing this post.

  4. Good to hear about this SA organization that is working to control plastic pollution. I just read up on this issue in the LA Times yesterday and how in California our legislators and environmentalists are working to eliminate all the plastic pollution due to drinking straws, bottle caps, and polyester microfibers. It is a major problem in the world’s oceans.

    • Thanks for coming by Deborah! It does seem that we’re more aware – and acting – on the awful pollution of plastic in the seas and landfills. I remember about California taking drastic steps. Have a lovely weekend!

  5. What a wonderful initiative! A drop in the ocean maybe yet one that will turn the tide on and in our living waters. Thank you so much Susan for sharing this good news story, it was a joy to read … hmm, especially after viewing recent post London Marathon photos where literally thousands of plastic bottles lined the streets afterwards. I’m ever hopeful someone will find a way of replacing these water containers within the next year or so. Warm and wild blessings, Deborah.

    • Thanks Deborah for coming by! Imagine the day when plastic will NOT litter the streets and oceans, beaches and parks and the plastic that IS retrieved can be used in other ways. Imagine balloons and fire-lanterns becoming a thing of the past and imagine people realising the damage perpetrated to Mother Nature and in the process to themselves as well … and people turning towards more loving kindness towards all sentient beings … thank you dear friend – warm and wild blessings to you too xx

  6. Yay for the war on plastic! Over the last month or so I’ve been hearing about so many different initiatives to curtail, avoid, recycle, repurpose, or otherwise eliminate plastic from the ocean, and I think it’s brilliant. We all need to jump into the anti-plastic—and especially the anti-throw-plastic-away—wagon!

    Great story for WATWB, Susan 🙂
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

    • I agree Guilie MUCH more awareness about plastic and potential uses of waste! The 3 R’s are apt – re-cycle, re-use, re-purpose! Thanks for coming by and HUGE good luck for your book tour!! xx

  7. I’m thankful humans are beginning to come to their senses. Thank you for sharing this and spreading the hope for a better future.

  8. Hi Susan – how sensible SA Plastic are going to encourage and ‘push’ others to change from plastic to some other material … so much plastic … we need to recycle somehow.

    Love the way the kids put messages of hope into the bottles … and let’s hope we can all do our small thing for not using plastic … and I don’t know what the Canadians are going to do about waste now the Chinese aren’t taking it … Wonderful to see this story – thanks for sharing with us – cheers Hilary

    • Wasn’t the clip of the messages of hope in the bottle too dear 🙂 I believe that countries that were previously available to take waste now don’t want them anymore, no doubt because their own land fills are overflowing. Mmmm, that’s a thought about Canada – thanks Hilary for coming by! Susan

    • Out of sight out of mind – too true Jacqui until it’s no longer swept under the carpet or into the seas and we HAVE to pay attention .. thank you!

  9. I love this story Susan. Raising awareness, working collectively, sharing hopes, AND creating art – all things that make my heart very happy. Just this week I read some utterly astonishing facts about how much plastic waste is the result of using plastic drinking straws – I could hardly believe it. There are so many ways we can shift our behaviors and practices, and it’s encouraging to see attention paid to these things.

    • Thanks Deborah so much! I’m glad you highlighted straws; I commented on that in my response to Gwynn below. I’ve heard that using plastic bottles and filling them with sand can be used in constructing small houses which are cool in summer and warm in winter … and here in SA very pretty hold all bags are made from recycled plastic … Yes, whatever gets our attention gets results when put into action ..

  10. We just saw a documentary on the plastics and how ignorant we all are on where they go besides in the trash at home. Responsibility to self and planet are one in the same–including to the whales…

    • There seems to be a growing awareness of the problem of plastics – and hopefully people realise that damage to the planet means damage to self as well – thanks Susan for your comment ..

  11. Yes, plastics are destroying the world, and our sea life. I congratulate SA for making a difference in the world by cleaning up the plastics. Thank you, South Africa!

    • Thanks for coming by Gwynn – there are so many ways to make a difference eg saying no to plastic straws and using eg bamboo straws …

  12. The plastics are truly a menace. I saw a documentary on YouTube about their effects in the oceans. It is too sad. The Plastics/SA are doing a tremendous job. Thank you for sharing it with us, and for reminding us of the good of humanity.

    • Thanks Peter – it’s a very serious problem. Hard to believe that people throw their trash just anywhere … thanks for being a co-host this month – your post was so excellent.

  13. Recently, I read that some 64 pounds of plastic debris was found in a dead whale. Plastic is clearly is a threat to our ecosystem. SA Plastic is doing a great job by addressing this massive plastic garbage problem. Thanks for sharing this wonderful news, Susan.

    • Thanks Sharpa – it’s pretty terrible to see devastation to land sea and air creatures filled with that garbage … and thank you for co-hosting this month!

  14. This is great news, Susan, and is of a similar theme to my choice, when I post it. With World Environment Day on June 5, it’s very timely.

  15. Hi, Susan – I’ve missed following your posts since A – Z. Your news story is very timely. I was just reading about the same topic (ocean plastics) in one of our Canadian papers. I too am delighted to see community and businesses working together for the genuine good of our planet. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Thanks Donna for coming by! Yes, it is a topical and timely topic – I know that pjlazos Green Life Blue Water wrote about it last month for WATWB but it can never be over-emphasised. I’ve missed your posts too!

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