Plastic pollution is a real and present issue. Since it’s mainstream appeal as a material of the future in the 1950s, the production of plastic has grown from 1.5 million tons to over 320 million tons annually. Much of this plastic ends up in our oceans and affects our waterways, wildlife and environment.
To explain this issue to pupils can be quite difficult, sometimes some problems are so vast in scope that it can become quite difficult to comprehend. So, to bring it to life my pupils and I created water bottle aquariums where we had images of sea-life swimming through the plastic waste. It brought the issue home for the children and illustrated quite simply how plastic pollution could destroy our oceans.