Atlantic storm south of Iceland © Patrick MartinPlastic Bag Project

Pictures like this of an Atlantic storm south of Iceland give the impression of wonderfully clean waters.

Unfortunately, the truth about the state of the world's oceans is very different.

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Over the last 50 years, more and more plastic rubbish has accumulated in the earth's waters – plastic which will take several centuries before it degrades.

This internet project is aimed to help you:

  • discover the facts about this aspect of marine pollution
  • discover our contribution to causing this catastrophe
  • discover what one woman did about it
  • discover what other people are now doing to reduce our society's use of plastics

Start with the websites listed below. They contain a lot of information as well as many links to other sites, so try not to get lost (it may help to refer back to this page occasionally to return to the URL's here).

Your task

  • make your own handwritten notes (i.e. no "copy and paste") on
    What everyone should know about plastic
  • write a list of relevant vocabulary you have met during your research
  • keep a record over a weekend of how many plastic bags you and your family use
  • make a note of how much plastic is used in packaging the goods you and your family buy
  • take a walk in a park or the country (if possible, where there is water): note how much plastic litter you see
  • make a note of how successful (or not) you and your family have become at reducing your use of plastics

Websites to start with

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