Plastic! – a tiny tale

Matilda had always been obsessed with environmental issues. She did her best to be more environment-friendly. She had always wanted to come with a solution to the never-ending plastic problem. Passionate about saving the environment, she even made a career (and eventually a start-up) out of it.
Matilda developed a way of recycling even the stubbornest of plastic materials into construction material. One of her first projects was a huge spherical building that resembled a gigantic orange. Constructed out of recycled plastic, the building served as a shelter for the homeless. Thanks to Matilda’s solution, plastic pollution was considerably reduced.

(100 words)

This post was written in response to the Friday Fictioneers photo prompt hosted by the lovely Rochelle. The Friday Fictioneers challenge is to write a complete story – beginning, middle and end in 100 words or less, based on the given photo prompt. A huge thanks to Rochelle for hosting this challenge.

Most of the participants for this particular picture prompt went with plots containing nuclear reactors or giant orange-shaped restaurants. It took me a while but I managed to come up with something different. Plastic pollution, especially from single-use plastic is very threatening indeed. Reduce, reuse and recycle. Also, wherever possible, try to shift to eco friendly/reusable/organic/biodegradable alternatives. If everyone does their bit, the world would be a much better place. On a side note, here is a list of the 10 things that I do to be more eco-friendly.

For the visually challenged readers, the picture shows a giant ball-sized building with a door and counters on one side. Traffic cones and lanes for parking vehicles can be seen in front of the building.

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155 thoughts on “Plastic! – a tiny tale

      1. Indeed. Let’s keep coming that it changes for the better. I have classified all my posts as per category. Do check out the categories named tiny tale and short story. πŸ˜ƒ

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  1. Wonderful story and great idea as you are certainly right about plastics being a real problem in our world. Also stop using straws – get a stainless steel one that folds up and stick it into your purse or pocket as they come with a tiny brush for cleaning and storage. All these things add up. A story with a great lesson. Hugs, Joni

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    1. Oh yes. I switched to a stainless steel straw almost 2 years back. It really cuts on plastic straws. Even the little things add up. I’m glad you liked it. Thank you so much, Joni β€οΈπŸ€—

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      1. Thanks a lot, Joni. Spreading awareness does help. I’m happy that you’re also doing all you can to save the environment. Hope you have a great day. Take care. Love, Shweta.

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  2. I adore the little impacts you create with words, Shweta. Here at my place, there are street vendors who regularly gather discarded plastics for recycling. Inspite of this, there are many who burn and pollute the air. We should all definitely contribute to making a better world with what’s in our limits.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Anisha. I’m so so happy to hear that 😍
      That’s great news. Those street vendors are doing a commendable job. Here, they collect plastic and dry waste twice a week. There are also vendors who collect items for recycling. It’s tragic that there are people who still burn and pollute the air even despite all of these outlets. I totally agree, Anisha. We should contribute in whatever way we can.

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  3. The real truth is , we wont get rid of plastic unless govt feels the same . Plastic is a byproduct of crude, so until they stop refining crude for petroleum , and untill they stop selling that byproduct to extra profit , plastic is gonna stay . It is gonna stay as it is getting into our food ecosystem.

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    1. True. People can’t do anything without the support of the government. Profit kittunna saadhanam veruthe vidumennu thonunnondo. The policymakers and the ones in power should give a higher priority to saving the environment. But making money always takes precedence over other things. But now I’m seeing more people take initiatives to deal with the waste. We’ve got to tackle the generation of such waste too. Nothing is more effective than govt rules, regulations, policies and subsidy.

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      1. I dont have false hope , there are studies that micro plastics are in salt and in fish, its already there is our food ecosystem . It is late , and we go to live with it . Plastic covers are banned , but still it is in the market , this show the example of effectiveness of our govt, they arrest people who buy plastic cover but they dont arrest those who make it. Thats our system

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      2. With the amount of plastic that we dump in the ocean, I’m not surprised. But as they say, better late than never. But each day that they fail to act increases the severity of the consequences.
        True. Things have to change drastically. They don’t track the source and deal with it. Here, most of the shops are only handing out cloth bags or paper bags. I hope that the trend continues.

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      3. Yes. It’s not easy to check. But here, even the small shops insist that you bring your own bag. Otherwise they wrap it up in news paper and give it. But true, we have to stop the source. There’s no other way.

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    1. Yes, we need to reduce, reuse and recycle. Aww, Akshita. Your comment has made my day. Thank you so much. These ideas just come to me out of the blue… Unless I am in the grip of a writer’s block. Usually picture prompts inspire me instantly and a story comes to my mind. This one took longer than usual but I’m glad that it was worth the wait. Thanks a lot, my dear ❀️

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  4. Very imaginative story idea Shweta. We do need to come up with a good splitting for the disposal of the plastic that is littering almost everywhere on the planet.

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      1. I hope it will. As I said, we the ordinary people are more concerned with the issues of global warming and pollution and I’m sure an innovative brave mind will devise a way out.

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  5. Interesting tale Shweta.

    You would be glad to know that my niece, Atishi Marlena, has been appointed the Global Vice President of the International Council of Local Environment Initiatives! The first ever VP from South Asia.

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    1. Thank you so much.
      Wow, that’s amazing. So happy for her. You would be really proud of her. I hope that she will be able to take more initiatives and steps to save the environment on a global scale.

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  6. Plastic has been the success story of our age, durable, sustainable, strong, flexible and viable in a variety of forms. It is a pity that criteria should have been degradable and or fully recycled.
    The world is drowning in throw away plastic. ut let us not blame plastic, lets look at human attitudes in general, there lies the solution.

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    1. Yes, it’s a pity that they are so harmful to the environment. You’re right – it’s human attitude and irresponsible actions that have led us to this point.
      Thank you for reading πŸ˜ƒ

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  7. Aye! That’s difficult to do, sticking to 100 words, having a complete story and also a relevant topic. You have done this wonderfully πŸ™‚ I had no idea there are challenges on wordpress. I am still so new to this. Hope to learn from you πŸ™‚

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    1. After a while, it gets easier. Most of my stories are much shorter even 6 word stories, 20 word stories and so on. Thank you so much for you kind words.
      Oh, there are a lot of challenges on WP. Poetry, fiction, flash fiction, six word stories – we have prompts for everything. I myself host a weekly six word story prompt. Do try to participate. πŸ™‚
      I participate in many prompts. They’re most the reason why I write these days. I always include a link to the challenge in my post. I’m sure you’ll get to know about a lot of challenges. Thanks for dropping by.πŸ™‚

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      1. Whoaaaa. I had no idea about this. I would love to dive in and start with your challenge!!! It sounds so interesting. Which day of the week do you host it? 😍 I will try my best and my excitement has peaked!

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      2. Oh! I’m glad to know that you’re interested and excited. Do check out the 6WSP page on my blog. You’ll find the rules and guidelines there. I host it every Saturday at 8PM IST. Last week’s prompt was “miracle”. Do check out it out. And in case you need inspiration, I do a roundup post with all the responses. I have also written and published over 100 six word stories on this blog alone. πŸ™‚

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      3. Yayyieee…weekend sorted. Going to stock your blog completely. 100 stories? Wow. Speechless. Don’t be surprised if you have a fangirl at the end of this πŸ™‚

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      4. Oh my! I’m so happy to hear that 🀩
        I’ve been writing for a long time. I’ve been blogging for nearly over 5 years. So the stories tend to pile up, both six word stories and other ones. I’ve categorised them and put it under the menu. So they’ll be easy to find 😊
        I hope you’ll enjoy themπŸ˜ƒ
        Happy reading and thank you for doing that πŸ’—πŸ˜Š

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      1. Aww..! That’s so fantastic to hear from you Shweta..! You are very kind..! You are very welcome..! Sure my friend, I will always encourage you with my words..! Oh that’s so sweet of you..! πŸ€—β˜ΊοΈ

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