Cuantec at Chapelhall primary

On the 28th of March CuanTec was at Chapelhall primary to increase plastic pollution awareness among children.


It was truly an experience to talk with kids from ages 6 to 11 and see their knowledge on recycling and plastic pollution.
We prepared 3 different activities for them to do. Which allowed us to speak with them in smaller groups rather than giving an impersonal speech.

 

  • The first activity was to make them realise that plastic is suffocating our ocean.
    A game was set up, they had to distinguish plastic from sea-animals on a presentation.
    We then talked to the students about the danger of plastic for marine animals,how they think it is food because of how plastic look and smells. We then explained to them the problem of microplastic, which we find everywhere

 

  • The second activity was an “unlucky dip”.
    The boxes were full of garbage commonly found in the ocean. We made them guess what was in the boxes with one clue “it is something you find a lot in the ocean”. All the group found what it was. We then had a discussion on how plastic end up in the ocean, and the diverse ways plastic can finish its life, left in nature, in landfill or get a new life thanks to recycling.  When we asked them if they ever saw garbage left on the side of the road, they responded to the question unanimously, they always see garbage on the side of the road, this is something that is not normal and pushes us to work harder!

 

  • The third activity was to explain the danger of petroleum plastic, and show them how our plastic is different, what it is made of, langoustines and other edible ingredients. They got to see langoustines crabs, our plastic dissolving in front of their eyes in water.

 

We were happy to hear that most of them already knew where to put recyclable plastic, which bin to use, why they should never throw plastic in nature. It was amazing to see young children show such an interest in what we are doing and understand why we are doing it. They totally understand the consequences of throwing plastic in nature. It makes us hope that the new generation will be greener than we are, and when choices are to be made they will make the ones with the lowest environmental impact.