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Issues & Concerns

Learn about the impact single-use plastic is having on us and our planet

Plastic: a wonder material?

P lastic was invented less than a hundred years ago, yet in this short amount of time, single-use plastic in particular has become one of the biggest made-made threats to our planet today.

From the amount of oil used its manufacture, the toxic leachate produced when plastic is buried, to the millions of tonnes of plastic entering our oceans per year – single-use plastic is misused and abused with severe consequences.

Some quick facts about single-use plastic

  • Over the last 10 years humans have produced more plastic than during the last century.
  • For every single-use plastic bottle of water, the equivalent of around 1/5th of its capacity of oil – a finite resource – is used.

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  • It is likely that the seafood we eat contains microplastic in its gut or nano plastics in the meat tissue
  • Microplastics in the ocean attract toxins from the water around it.
  • Toxins in sealife are persistent, and biomagnify up the food chain we are the top of.
  • Toxins and chemicals from plastics are thought to cause cancer and disrupt hormones.
  • Around 60% of the plastic we use is single-use – used once and then thrown away, and about a truck’s worth of plastic enters the world’s oceans every single minute.
  • By 2050 scientists believe there will be more plastic in the sea than fish (in weight terms)

It is estimated that 100,000 sea mammals die from entanglement and suffocation caused by plastic marine debris.
Around 1 million sea birds die a year from ingesting pieces of plastic found on land or floating in the sea.
Approximately one in four fish caught for human consumption has pieces of plastic in its gut.

We’ve compiled some resources to promote discussion and raise awareness of just what the issues and concerns regarding plastic are.

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Issues and Concerns Resources

King of the Trash Hill

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A thought-provoking photograph showing a bulldozer working on a landfill site.

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A message from the deep

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A short but very powerful film about how a whale - dying from plastic ingestion - is seemingly trying to communicate this (and perhaps more) to the humans that found it.
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Recycling myths busted: what can you actually recycle?

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There are many myths about what can be and what is (two very different things) be recycled - this resource from Hull University busts some of those myths.
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Plastic’s Journey in our waterways

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A very informative infographic about our relationship (reliance) on plastic and the realities of where and how it ends up in our environment.
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What happens to plastic you throw away?

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We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away?
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Plastic Microfibres Slideshow

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This slideshow shows, under a microscope, some of the plastic microfibres we wash into our waterways when we wash our clothes.
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Albatrosses are ingesting plastic

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Concerns about plastic pollution and specifically how it is affecting the health of Albatrosses. A short film made by Blue Planet II.

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Investigating Plastic Pollution – The Basics

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An excellent video by Algalita a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of the marine environment. The video covers plastic (as a material) the issues associated with plastic pollution, and some…

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Finn the Fortunate Tiger Shark and his Fantastic Friends

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A funny audiobook, written by Georgina Stevens, narrated by Jeremy Irons, about a Tiger Shark named Finn, who gets into a spot of bother.  Also featuring a brand new, beautiful…

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Trash Islands

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A lesson that uses research about the Great Pacific Trash Island (gyre) to investigate the effects of plastic pollution.
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Pros and Cons

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A KS2 lesson that encourages pupils to consider the Pros and Cons of plastic before making and justifying a personal opinion about the positive and negatives associated with plastic.
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Plastic Quiz

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A hands-on activity that requires the application of knowledge and skills to classify a selection of products based on whether they contain plastic or not. The work on 'environmental impact', 'recyclability' and 'sustainability' make this a rich and engaging lesson.
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Plastic Recycling Process

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How is plastic recycled? And is all recycling a good thing? Just two of the themes covered in this KS2 lesson about properties and changes in materials.
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Plastic Pioneers

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An interesting lesson about the different groups / scientists that lead the early work that led to the creation of plastic, and how evidence is used to support or refute science.
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Plastic Facts

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A KS2 lesson that focuses on developing speaking and listening skills and how to use facts and figures during discussions and debates.
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Litter Pics

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A selection of images showing litter in the environment to show just how ubiquitous plastic pollution is, and how - once you start looking for it - you find it everywhere.
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Plastic pollution in the Antarctic worse than expected, experts warn

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New Research by the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey has highlighted the emerging problem of plastic pollution in the Antarctic

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Ocean Plastic

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Plastic pollution pictured along the coast of Wadi El Gamal national park, Marsa Alam, Egypt. Credit: Cherie Bridges

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Mother pilot whale grieves over her dead calf

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A mother pilot whale grieves over its dead calf. A short film from Blue Planet II.

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Steppes Beyond Festival

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Kids Against Plastic share exclusive interview footage with Steve Backshall, Simon Reeve, Sylvia Earle and more, shot at the brilliantly inspirational Steppes Beyond Festival 2017 at the Royal Geographical Society –…

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Plastic in our food

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There is so much plastic in our oceans, that you could be eating 11,000 microparticles of plastic per year.

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Life of a plastic bottle part 3

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This is the third of three videos about the life of plastic bottles, covering how we can combat plastic pollution, and also the non-plastic alternatives that are out there.

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Life of a plastic bottle part 2

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This is the second of three videos about the life of a plastic bottle, covering the consumption and disposal of bottles.

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Life of a plastic bottle part 1

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The first of three videos about plastic bottles and their negative impact on the environment throughout their lives. This video covers the manufacture and transportation of a plastic bottle.

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Whale killed by plastic

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A news bulletin about a whale that starved to death after consuming plastic, some of it from the UK.

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Pay for bottled water?

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Does it make sense to buy bottled water? Not in Buxton, Derbyshire it doesn't.
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The problems with plastic

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A short film made by Kids Against Plastic explain some of the issues with single-use plastic and why we all need to do something about it. Please note: the website…

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A Trashed Trent

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A short film made by Kids Against Plastic highlighting the amount of plastic pollution in our local river, the River Trent in Nottingham.

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Special Report: A Plastic Voyage

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A Sky Oceans Rescue film (45 mins) about why plastic pollution is becoming one of the biggest threats to our environment and us; humans.
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UK Bottled Water Facts

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An infographic showing 10 statistics about bottled water consumption.
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The UK coffee cup crisis

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How many throw-away coffee cups does the UK use a year?… a day?… a second? And what happens to them? Find out here? Credit: Phoxwater.com

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Special Report: A Plastic Tide

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A Sky Oceans Rescue film (45 mins) about why plastic pollution is becoming one of the biggest threats to our environment and us; humans.
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Sky Ocean Rescue Scholars

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Sky Ocean Rescue is partnering with National Geographic to give 3 scholars the opportunity to drive research that will raise awareness of the issues surrounding ocean health and advance our…

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Not So Fantastic – the marine plastic problem

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An brightly illustrated information sheet full of stats and facts. Credit: The Deep, Hull.

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Where does ocean litter come from?

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A thought-provoking resource that helps children understand how our actions on land impact on the sea. Created by The Marine Conservation Society.

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Marine Litter Hunt

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A fun but provocative resource that offers a great stimulus for discussions and follow up work on beach litter.
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Marine Litter

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An informative text highlighting the growth of beach litter on UK beaches.. Created by The Marine Conservation Society.

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6 Reasons to Steer Clear of Bottled Water

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Bottled water – a fresh-tasting, pure drink that is supposedly bottled from pristine mountain rivers. A beverage that nations spend billions of pounds on every year. And, in reality, a substance that is often misrepresented by the label on the bottle. Here are 6 reasons, though, why the bottled drink is no better than tap water.

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How does plastic kill wildlife?

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On a remote island in the Tasman Sea Liz Bonnin meets the scientists battling to save Flesh-footed Shearwater chicks from the devastating effects of plastic pollution. NB contains disturbing scenes…

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What’s the Problem with Litter?

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A two-page PDF that explores some of the issues with plastic pollution and the materials the litter is made from. Created by The Marine Conservation Society.

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The Ugly Journey of Our Trash – animation

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An animation of the story of how (and how much of) our rubbish makes it into the oceans. Created by Project Aware.

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Out of sight, out of mind

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A film highlighting the plastic litter problem in the Scottish village of Arrochar.

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