Time to consider the advantages and disadvantages of plastic as a material and evaluate your product:
- Who would want to use it?
- Why is plastic good for this?
- What is good about your product?
- What could you to do make your product better?
- Why is it important to reuse plastic?
Marine plastics context
Almost 300 million metric tons of plastics are produced worldwide annually. This is equivalent to the entire biomass of all adults in the world.
From all the discarded plastic, around 8 million metric tonnes end up in our oceans, making plastic the greatest component of marine litter. Wind and light help degrade this plastic debris over time, transforming it into microplastics. These fragments smaller than 5mm are everywhere in the global ocean. Plastic debris affect wildlife as it causes entanglement, ingestion and habitat alteration. Fish, crustaceans and other animals ingest microplastics, which reduces their energy intake and body mass, while having adverse health outcomes. This has also major implications for humans, from healthcare to economic activity.
So, in the long term we need to change how we relate to plastic through the 6 R’s: reduce, remove, re-design, re-use, recycle and recovery of energy.
This activity is just one idea of how you can contribute to re-using plastic and reducing the impact it has on the environment.