Plastic pollution is overwhelming the natural world around us
Plastic is a synthetic or semi-synthetic material, making it completely manmade – a substance that the earth cannot absorb. It poses dangers to not only the environment but organisms within it; including ourselves. Marine animals are at a high risk, out of 300 million tonnes of plastic produced each year, 8 million tonnes of it ends up in the ocean; half of it being single use plastic. Single use plastic is made up of bags, bottles, straws and other objects that aren’t easily reusable (although we can all find a way of reusing most of the plastic we get). 50% of plastic is used once and thrown away, mostly ending up in rubbish bins that aren’t recycled.
In an aim to reduce the pollution of plastic, plastic pollution coalition have a scheme called ‘Plastic Free Schools’. Plastic Free Schools is a program that aims to measurably reduce plastic pollution on school campuses around the world, with a special focus on the reduction and ultimately the elimination of plastic bottles, plastic straws and utensils, and plastic food packaging. Participating schools have identified plastic pollution as a key concern on their campuses, and are taking action to confront the problem. This means different things for different schools, from hosting a plastic-free sporting event, to ending bottled water sales across the campus. Any school or student group with the intention of fighting plastic pollution is eligible to join.