Plastics

Next Friday, 3 July is International Plastic Bag-Free Day! Can you go for a whole day without using a plastic bag? What about a week?

Our planet has a plastic problem. Around eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. It takes a long time to break down, and it can be very harmful for all the animals that live in the sea. Even once it has broken down into tiny pieces called microplastics, the problem does not go away.

Microplastics can get everywhere. They have even been found inside birds’ eggs in the remote Arctic, and they are getting into our bodies too. Studies have found that nearly all the main brands of bottled water contain microplastics.

There is no easy solution to the plastic problem. However, there are easy ways for you and your family to use less plastic.

1. Buy a reusable water bottle, cup, and lunchbox.

2. Find out if a local supermarket has a “plastic-free” aisle.

3. Wrap up food in beeswax wrap instead of cling film. You could even learn to make your own!

4. Carry your own cutlery rather than using plastic knives and forks.

5. Ditch straws unless you need them — or switch to paper or metal straws instead.

What are your best plastic-free tips?

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Assembly

There is no assembly for this topic. We hope to provide one next year.

Activities

  1. Class debate: Should plastic be banned?
  2. Keep a diary of how much plastic you use and what bits you recycle. At the end of the week, what have you learned? Can you think of any other ways to cut down on your plastic use?