Library of Links

The following links are organized by relevant Research Question. They are also labelled as either Canadian (CAN), International (INT), American (US), or British Columbian (BC). The links are labelled into Level 1 or Level 2, where Level 2 links are slightly more complex and give more insight into the topic.
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Research Links 

These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.

 Q3.1 INT – Let’s start with the history of plastics. How are they useful and why did they become so widespread? Link 1 L1


Q3.2 INT – What are the adverse health effects of plastics? Find out the uses and health effects of various plastics here: Link 2 L1


Q3.3 INT – This animated video shows us the environmental problems that come with using plastic: Link 3 (5:48) L1

INT-US – This article also outlines the many ways plastics impact us and the environment: Link 4 L1

INT – This film on plastic graphically shows its damage on environments: Link 5 (3:54) L1


Q3.4 INT-US – Van Jones discusses the social and economic injustice issues around plastic pollution: Link 6 (12:49) or read the transcript: Link 7 L2

INT-US – Pollution, negative health impacts, and solid waste from plastic manufacturing: Link 8 L1

INT – Check out the most recent developments on plastic disposal: Link 9 L1


Q3.5 INT – Is it possible to avoid plastic all together? Here are some steps towards a plastic free lifestyle: Link 10  L1

INT – Do I choose paper, plastic or something else? This article explores this and gives us some good facts to take away: Link 11 L1

INT – So once I’m ready to ditch the plastic bag, what would the most ecological alternative be? Link 12  L1


Helpful Optional Links

INT – Did you know…? source: Link 13 L1

INT – Here’s another important reason to reduce your reliance on plastic bags (and plastic in general) – a floating mass of garbage twice the size of Texas in the North Pacific Ocean: Link 14 (2:43) L1

INT – A music video about the “plastic state of mind”: Link 15 (2:51) L1

 INT – This infographic on the impacts of a plastic bag paints a pretty clear picture: Link 16 L1

INT – Is it time to get our government involved? Find out what governments around the world are doing:  Link 17 L1

INT – Find out the difference between recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable materials: Link 18 L2

CAN – Here is a story about going plastic free: Link 19 (3:34) and you can check out Taina’s blog if this lifestyle intrigues you: Link 20 L1

INT- Check out the Story of Bottled Water: Link 21 (8:04) L1

Stakeholder Links

INT – Marine plastic pollution disproportionately threatens indigenous people’s health and their environment. Here's a look at how the "Nobody's Trash"- Indigenous Marine Debris Network Program is working towards addressing some of these issues. Stakeholder 1 L1


Current Events

CAN – 2018 March 29 – CBC “Canadian municipalities struggling to find place for recyclables after China restricts foreign waste”. China's new rules that ban or seriously restrict foreign waste have municipalities in Canada struggling to find places to ship their recyclables, with those that have found new places keeping it under wraps to prevent other cities from out bidding them. Event 1

CAN – 2015 June 1st - Recycling Today  “Toronto expands recycling program to include soft plastics like milk and sandwich bags” In hopes of diverting plastics waste from the landfill the city of Toronto will now begin recycling “plastic film products” including plastics bags and product packaging: Event 2

INT – 2015 June 1st -  GreenBiz  “Can the plastics industry create a collaborative model for change?” As the plastics industry grows it becomes more necessary for plastic manufacturers to form alliances to address issues like manufacturing and waste: Event 3

INT – 2015 May 19th - Popular Science  “Five Trillion Pieces of Plastic are Floating in an ocean near you” This interactive map tracks the concentrations of plastic particles in our oceans: Event 4

INT-US – 2015 April 21st - The East Hampton Star  “Earth Day Carries in Plastic Bag Ban to Southampton Town” In honour of Earth Day Southampton Town bans the use of single use plastic bags: Event 5

CAN – 2015 February 25th - EcoWatch “David Suzuki: We have to Stop Killing Out Oceans with Plastic” Increasing levels of plastics in the oceans are affecting sea life and entire ecosystems, David Suzuki describes some of these consequences: Event 6


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Works Cited

Be The Change Earth Alliance has archived all Research, Local Activity, and Stakeholder links to ensure students will always have access to the required articles to complete their Action Pack. These links were retrieved as of February 25th, 2019. These links may not reflect the current state of the website. If you see your website on our citations list and would like us to take it down, please contact us immediately at

“ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS OF PLASTICS” Ecology Center. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(April 4, 2011). “Plastic State of Mind” Vidivodo. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Cemansky, Rachel. (2017). “How Many Cities Have a Ban on Plastic Bags?” HowStuffWorks. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(December 23, 2007). “The Garbage Patch” Youtube. January 30, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Foster, Kai. (March 1, 2013). “Nobodyz Trash: Indigenous Marine Debris Network” Conservation Biology Institute. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

“Great Pacific Garbage Patch” National Geographic. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Jones, Van. (November 2010). “The economic injustice of plastic” TED. February 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Jordan, Chris. (May 22, 2017). Albatross. February 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Knoblauch, Jessica. (October 26, 2017). “The environmental tolls of plastic” Environmental Health News. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Vecsey, Taylor. (April 21, 2015). “Earth Day Carries in Plastic Bag Ban to Southampton Town” The East Hampton Star. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(May 23, 2013). “The Convenience of Plastic Is Killing Our Oceans” ATS. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(May 2, 2014). “Problems With Plastic and What You Can Do To Help” Youtube. January 30, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(May 26, 2015). “Toronto expands curbside recycling program” Recycling Today. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Paster, Pablo. (March 23, 2009). “Reusable Shopping Bags: Which Is The Greenest of Them All?” Treehugger. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Petrucci, L. (2015, September 3). Earth911TV: Compostable Vs. Biodegradable Vs. Recyclable. Retrieved from

“Plastic Manners” Plastic Manners. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

“PTF: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS” Ecology Center. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Kinnon, Stephanie. (July 30, 2015). “Plastic Pros and Cons” Alive. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Suzuki, Dr. David. (February 25, 2015). “David Suzuki: We Have to Stop Killing Our Oceans With Plastic” Ecowatch. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

 “100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life” My Plastic free life. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Uitto, Taina. (October 22, 2015). “From the Waste Up- Life Without Plastic” Vimeo. February 20, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

West, Larry. (July 24, 2014). “Why You Should Use Reusable Shopping Bags” Thought Co. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Wilcox, Christie. (May 15, 2019). “Five Trillion Pieces of Plastic Are Floating in An Ocean Near You [ Interactive]” Popular Science. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Woodring, Doug. (June 1, 2015). “Can the plastics industry creates a collaborative model for change?” GreenBiz. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from