Plastic In Our World 

“More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.”

The Facts About Plastic

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Source: 12 Plastic Pollution Facts That Show Why We Need To Do More  [Global Citizen] and Edubirdie

Plastic Oceans Information

The proliferation of plastic products in the last several decades has been extraordinary. Quite simply, humans are addicted to this nearly indestructible material. The world is producing over million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilized for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. 

Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile with properties that make it ideal for many applications. However, these qualities have also resulted in it becoming an environmental issue. We have developed a “disposable” lifestyle and estimates are that around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away.

Plastic is a valuable resource in many ways,  but plastic pollution is an unnecessary and unsustainable waste of that resource.

Beverage Bottles Alone

** Other Plastic Oceans Resources: Research Papers, Videos and Infographics.

Source: Plastic Oceans 

Plastic Planet

Run Time: 6:26 - Mar 24, 2011

Life Cycle of Plastic Bottles

Run Time: 4:06 - Apr 21, 2015

Buying Plastic-Free Groceries - Not Easy

Run Time: 22:30 - Jan 11, 2019

Kids Take Action Against Ocean Plastic

Run Time: 4:26 - Feb 21, 2017

Campaign to Ban Plastic Bags

Run Time: 8:57 - Sept 2015

TedX: Kids Against Plastic

Run Time: 12:28 - May 30, 2018

Articles About Plastic

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Children’s Letters Inspire LEGO

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The Story of Bottled Water

Run Time: 8:04 - Mar 17, 2010

Kids React to Plastic Pollution

Run Time: 2:38 - Mar 6, 2018

Plastic Pollution Crisis 

Run Time: 4:26 - Jun 16, 2018

Plastic Pollution

Run Time: 4:09 - Feb 10, 2016

Plastic Ocean

Run Time: 7:28 - May 24, 2017

Targeting Plastics

Run Time: 1:27 - Dec 10, 2018

Does Recycling Your Plastic Actually Work?

Run Time: 5:23 - Oct 2023
If you've ever looked at the bottom of a disposable bottle or cup, you've probably noticed a recycling symbol. Seeing this, many people assume the item should be put in a recycling bin. Yet many plastics are incapable of being recycled at most centers. In fact, only 9% is recycled each year. So why are so few plastics recycled? And what do these symbols actually mean? This video could be used as a provocation to learning about plastic recycling.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Run Time: 7:50 - Dec 3, 2018