How to go plastic-free this July

How to integrate plastic-free July into your classroom this month

Plastic Free July is an annual global movement that encourages individuals and communities to reduce their plastic consumption and make more sustainable choices. Plastic Free July was initiated in 2011 by the Plastic Free Foundation, aiming to raise awareness about the harmful effects of plastic pollution on our environment. The campaign challenges people to refuse single-use plastics throughout July and beyond, fostering long-term habits that reduce waste and conserve resources. By participating in Plastic Free July, we can teach our students the importance of taking responsibility for our planet and inspire them to make sustainable choices.

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For those of you who are currently exploring our KS1 and KS2 Materials units, there are many links to be made to the science curriculum. For example, for a KS1 class, you could identify and classify everyday objects made of plastic and discuss the reasons why plastic is commonly used in these objects. As you complete the activities above, explore the impact of plastic waste on the environment and discuss alternative materials that can be used instead. 

For a KS2 class, you could investigate the properties of different types of plastic, such as thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics. For a Year 5 class, explore how plastics can undergo physical and chemical changes, such as melting, molding or recycling. You can then discuss the environmental consequences of plastic production, usage and disposal.

Together, let's make a lasting impact and create a plastic-free future for generations to come.