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Solutions & the future

What's needed to fix the plastic problem, and what does the future hold?

CAN WE FIX IT? YES WE CAN!… can’t we?…

t’s never been more important than NOW for solutions to the plastic pollution problem. But how easy is it to turn the plastic tide given that it is such a huge problem – is it even possible?

We hope it is, and wherever there is hope, there is a chance. So, we are optimistic that if we all do our bit towards finding a fix to the plastic pollution problem, we will get out of this self-inflicted mess.

It’s going to take scientists, engineers, TV presenters politicians, teachers to do their bit, as well as the everyday person on the street – which includes you, no matter who you are and regardless of your age.

We all have to be in it together. Only then will we have a fighting chance.

We owe it to ourselves but more importantly the innocent wildlife with whom we share this planet.

Below is a compilation of resources we think will be helpful to anyone wanting to learn about what some of the solutions might be, as well as what the future might hold.

We are all the solution

“It is one world. And it’s in our care. For the first time in the history of humanity, for the first time in 500 million years, one species has the future in the palm of its hands. I just hope he realises that that is the case”

Sir David Attenborough

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Solutions & the future Resources

Laundry ball that catches nasty microfibres

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‘Cora Ball’ was inspired by corals that filter ocean water. This laundry ball will help capture microfibres when you do your laundry. It can even pick up hair. This nature-inspired…

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The One Thing Missing from Beach Cleanups

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Cleanups are a great way to remove plastic pollution already on the beach, but how do we stop it from getting there in the first place?
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What is sustainable development?

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A short animated film produced to support Sustainable Development learning. Watch and find out just what sustainable development really means.
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Tell Everybody

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There's never been a more appropriate time to remind everybody about the UN Global Goals and the need to learn about them, raise awareness, and most importantly ... to DO something.
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Ways to reduce your plastic waste

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A pdf – perfect for use as a poster – showing some easy ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste you generate in your everyday life.

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12,000 tons of rubbish collected from an Indian beach

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Sky News looks at a new project that could help tackle the global plastic pollution crisis. But is this the solution to replace single-use plastic bottles? Take a look and see what you think.
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Make your own bag for life!

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Use one of your t-shirts to make a customised bag for life that no-one else will have. Download this PDF, it has all the instructions!

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School Uniforms made from plastic bottles

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David Luke make Eco school uniforms from plastic bottles, turning waste into up cycled stylish and practical clothing. This film shows how they now have the ability to make sweatshirts, cardigans,…

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Reusable water bottles with built-in filtration

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Could reusable water bottles with built-in purification filters offer more than just a travel solution? Would their use reduce the number of plastic bottles sold and littered? Find out more…

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The Plastic Bank – social plastic

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The Plastic Bank is a for-profit social enterprise that makes plastic waste a currency to help reduce global poverty while stopping plastic from entering the ocean.
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Sky invests in plastic bottle solution

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Sky News looks at a new project that could help tackle the global plastic pollution crisis. But is this the solution to replace single-use plastic bottles? Take a look and see what you think.
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How to make the UK a Plastic Clever Nation

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Be Plastic Clever We all have a part to play in contributing towards turning the plastic tide. In our TEDx talk at Exeter, Kids Against Plastic set out their Plastic…

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Plastic Clever Scouts and Guides

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A case study and guide for becoming a Plastic Clever Guide or Scout Group. Thanks to Hannah Marsh and the 1st Thatcham Guides, we have just made available a case study and activity guide for any Scout or Guide group wanting become Plastic Clever.
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Drones used in fight against plastic pollution on UK beaches

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A new initiative is combining drones, tidal studies and navigation technology to try and work out where the millions of tonnes of plastic we dump in the sea ends up.
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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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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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BIG 4 Plastic Polluters Posters

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A zip file of posters (made by Kids Against Plastic) of the BIG 4 single-use plastic polluters that feature in the top 10 of ocean pollutants.
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‘Plastic Clever’ Cafes

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One of the solutions to the plastic problem is Youth Social Action - engaging and activating a generation of young people to make a stand against issues they are not happy with, and doing something to improve them. Be Plastic Clever is an example of Youth Social Action, or Activism.
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5 Steps to being plastic free – by Will McCallum

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Will McCallum, head of Greenpeace UK Oceans, gives us his five steps to becoming plastic free.

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Beach Clean Guide – by Will McCallum

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Will McCallum is head of Greenpeace UK Oceans and has recently published a book about how to give up plastic. Will has kindly given us some of his materials from his book
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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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Coffee Cup Levy

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What is the coffee cup levy? And what do people think of it as a solution to reducing the amount disposable coffee cups we use?

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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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Schoolboy Brick Entrepreneur

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Seventeen-year-old Edgar Edmund has made a business out of turning waste plastic into bricks.

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A Plastics Message by David Attenborough

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David Attenborough reinforces the message that the best solution to the problem of plastics is a combined and sustained effort by EVERYONE.

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A Shift in Thinking Will Save the World

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Emily Penn is an oceans advocate and works tirelessly to search for solutions to the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans.

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The Ocean Cleanup Test Tow

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In May 2018, a 120-meter section of the world’s first ocean cleanup system was towed out of San Francisco Bay into the Pacific to conduct a two-week tow test.

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The Ocean Cleanup Presentation

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Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, presents his solution to cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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The Ocean Cleanup

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The Ocean Cleanup project: one of the most ambitious but much needed solutions to the global issue of plastic pollution.

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Project Aware – Dive for Debris

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An interesting video about the problem of marine debris, and what divers around the world are doing to contribute towards the fight against ocean pollution.

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