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English 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 non-degradable, 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 – Join and stay part of the movement, by liking a Facebook page such as the Plastic Coalition to continue your learning and plastic activism: Link 21 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 Our 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

Liens de Recherche en Français

Ces liens informeront vos Questions de Recherche et vos Réflexions Critiques 

INT - On utilise des produits jetables en plastique partout. Ce lien te renseignera sur la manière dont tu peux aider l’environnement en utilisant des sacs réutilisables au lieu de sacs en plastique. Lien 1

INT – Les plastiques et les risques qu’ils posent aux animaux marins. L1 Lien 2

INT – Apprenez comment les sacs en plastique contribuent à la pollution. L1 Lien 3

INT – Découvrez des alternatives à l’utilisation du plastique! L1 Lien 4


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