Some plastic products and packaging in our home are designed to be single-use and aren’t easily recycled. These are problem plastics. In this activity you will go on a treasure hunt around your home to see if you can find any of these problem plastics. Pair this activity with Plastic bin weigh-in to address more widely used plastics in the home.
This activity goes hand-in-hand with the Plastic bin weigh-in activity. This problem plastic hunt focuses in on some single-use items that are also hard to recycle. The aim is for young people and the whole family to know more about these problem plastics and what can be done to reduce their use.
This Problem plastic hunt is best done as a joint activity with the whole family.
Use the information from this activity and the Plastic bin weigh-in to create your own Plastic hero 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 Problem plastic hunt guide to think about 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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