Plastic is everywhere in our homes. Although people’s recycling habits have improved over time this remains the least preferable of the 6 Rs. How can we reduce and refuse plastic? To start with we need to know what we use. In this activity you will record the types and amount of plastic waste produced in your home each day. By tracking and monitoring how you consume plastic at home, you can find ways to reduce plastic waste and become a true plastic hero!
15 minutes per day
In this activity you will investigate the plastic products and packaging that is discarded in your home each day and thinking about ways can you reduce plastic waste and become a true plastic hero!
You can do this either by counting each plastic item or by calculating the total weight of items in different categories. We recommend separating out plastic waste into a separate bag or bin for the days that you are conducting your plastic audit.
Use the information from this activity and the Problem plastic hunt to create your own Sea champion pledge. Stick this on your fridge or somewhere where the whole family can see it to remind you of your promise to the planet.
Use the plastic bin weigh-in tracker to reflect on how you currently use plastic in your home. With a friend or parent discuss the following questions.
You can extend the learning about reducing plastic waste, by using some of the lessons from the Ocean Plastics Academy Teacher Resources. For ages 5 to 7, use the lesson What can I do?. For ages 7 to 11, use the lessons What can I do? Part one and Part two. For students aged 11 to 14, try the geography lesson, Approaches to reducing ocean plastic pollution.
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