In the UK most milk bottles, which are commonly made from HDPE (Resin Identification Code 2) can be recycled. To be a plastic hero, we need to reduce the amount of plastic that we use and stop it from ever becoming waste. This activity involves re-using a plastic milk bottle to make a snack box that turns waste into something useful.
We live in a world full of plastic. As we learn to redefine our relationship with this material, we can find inspiration in the 6 Rs: recycle, reuse, reduce, repair, refuse, and redesign.
Many people are great recyclers but find it challenging to implement the other Rs, which have a greater impact on reducing plastic pollution.
This activity shows you step by step how to rethink how a plastic milk bottle can be used to make your own snack box. Win-win for you and the environment.
Time to consider the advantages and disadvantages of plastic as a material. Reflect by discussing the following questions with a parent or friend.
You can explore a full unit looking at design and plastics with the Ocean Plastics Design and Technology lessons for ages 11 to 14. For younger students have a look at the lesson for ages 5 to 7, What can I do? and for ages 7 to 11, try the design-focused lessons Design Technology – The plastics problem and Design Technology – The plastics solution.
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Science / Geography | Ages 7-11
Our Ocean Planet Science Geography ages 7-11 unit is a KS2 teacher resource. Students discover marine topics across both the UK and globally, developing ocean literacy.