All around us, we’re surrounded by millions of plastic items—such as household goods, toys, computers, and smartphones to name only a few. Every day, many plastic items are only used once and then are thrown into the trash, creating one of the fastest growing problems on the planet.
There are trillions upon trillions of plastic items in our landfills and also in our rivers, lakes and oceans. Plastic takes a long time to decompose and can leach toxic chemicals in our soil and water, which can have an impact on human health. Wildlife can also get entangled in the plastic or if they mistake it for food they can choke or starve to death.
Your assignment: What can be done at your school, home, or in your community to help reduce plastic waste?
Here are some resources to help you come up with ideas for your articles, photographs, and videos:
- NRDC – Solutions to Plastic Pollution in our Oceans
- UNEP – Marine Litter
- The Jellyfish Project – Plastics Resources
- Environmental Defence – information on microbeads
- York University – Bottled Water Facts
- The Water Brothers – Bottle Gate
- The Water Brothers – Plastic Ocean
- The Story of Stuff Project – The Story of Bottled Water
- The Story of Stuff Project – Microbeads
- UNEP – Two Minutes on Oceans
- TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch – talk by Beth Terry on Living Plastic Free
- What happens to the plastic you throw away – Emma Bryce
- Plastic Pollution Coalition – Plastic Pollution Travel Solutions