Now that you’ve seen how much plastic goes to waste, let’s rewind to see how plastic enters our homes.
Plastic really is all around us: it covers the food you eat, holds our liquid products, and is used in many different household items, like brooms, pens, or garbage bags. You might not realize it, but you are using and throwing away plastic every single day!
In fact, Canadians throw away over 3 million tonnes of plastic waste every year.1
Taking a look at where you and your household use plastic in your daily lives can make it easier to find solutions and make a plan to reduce your plastic consumption, helping achieve SDG #12, Responsible Consumption and Production.
In this activity, you will have 30 seconds to identify how many items in the grocery store contain plastic. You may be surprised by some of them!
Now that you’ve taken a closer look inside the grocery store, can you answer these questions?
About one third of the plastic waste in Canada comes from single-use or short-lived products and packaging.2
Well done - you’ve completed the second stage of the challenge! You’re beginning to uncover just how much plastic is in the products you use every day. You can now move on to the Rivers section to see where plastic sometimes ends up when it’s thrown away.
Got some time and want to learn how to make your own version of the ‘spot the plastic’ game?
This extension activity will teach you how to code a timed game in Scratch like the Pop Quiz above.
Make learning fun by creating a game that gets players to explore the world around them and think critically about plastic in the products you use every day.
You will learn how to reuse and recycle code, it’s a powerful way to speed up development and minimize errors. This starter Scratch project will guide you in the process.
Looking at this data, think about these questions:
Look at the items around you right now. Which items came in plastic packaging?
Next time you’re in a store, note all the plastic packaging you see. What do you think its purpose is?
Why do companies continue to use plastic packaging and sell single-use plastic products if they know it’s bad for our planet?
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Due to the interactive nature of the online #kids2030 Challenge platform, it is not supported for mobile. To complete the #kids2030 Challenge, please use a desktop, laptop, or tablet in landscape mode.