Plastics made from petroleum (oil and gas) can take hundreds of years to degrade in the environment. As well as reducing the amount of plastic used, we can also replace some plastics with other materials that breakdown more easily. In this activity you will make your own bioplastic and think about the role bioplastic can play as an alternative to traditional plastics.
(up to 2 days drying time)
In this activity, you will learn how to make bioplastic decorations using simple ingredients that you can find in larger supermarkets or order online. You may have some at home already.
There doesn’t need to be a special festival like Christmas or Valentine’s Day to make decorations. During these extraordinary times, how about making a rainbow, heart, or star-shaped decorations to celebrate our loved ones, friends, carers, health workers and all those making a difference to other people’s lives.
Using simple ingredients, make your own bioplastic, and then use moulds to create celebratory shapes and hang these in your window or outside. Celebrating the love and kindness of thousands around the world need not cost the earth.
In the find out more section, we discuss the wider implications of using bioplastics for other purposes.
To develop ideas about craft and reusing plastics, have a look at the full lesson What can I do? as a part of Ocean Plastics Cross-Curricular | Ages 5-7. The science lesson for ages 11 to 14, What happens to plastic when you throw it away? investigates some of the claims around the decomposition rates of bioplastics.
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Cross-curricular | Ages 5-7
Ocean plastics ages 5-7 unit is a KS1 teacher resource that introduces students to the issue of plastic pollution. Students study materials, their properties and explores what happens to our plastic rubbish.
Science | Ages 11-14
Ocean Plastics Science ages 11-14 unit is a KS3 teacher resource combining both biology and chemistry. Students discover the journey plastic takes from manufacture, use, and disposal into the ocean. Included are teacher resources that allow students to emulate real research conducted by The University of Plymouth.