#PlanetorPlastic

SmartLessons

Look down at your right or your left hand and there is a 99% chance you are touching plastic right now.

Now look around the room you are sitting in and try and count how many pieces you can see.

My mouse, my keyboard, the phone on my desk, the screen I am using to write this on, the components of my computer, The cables, the pens on my desk. The wheels on the office chair I’m sitting on. within 1 meter I have found 10 things either made of our using plastic components.

Plastic breaks down, very slowly.

animation film GIF by Disney Pixar

We don’t actually know how long it takes, because none of the plastic we have made has ever broken down. Well it does get smaller and end up in the food chain, but that’s a different topic

Most plastic ends up here:

Image result for plastic in landfill

 

War On WasteWar On Waste (s01e02)

Or here:

Image result for plastic in ocean

Four Corners – Oceans of Plastic

and about 9% gets here:

Image result for plastic recycling

What can we do?

What really happens to the plastic you throw away – Emma Bryce

Ecomaths – Recycling (s01e02)

Rising Recycling

 

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