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Plastic pollution

Plastic pollution

This theme is about understanding how the items we use in everyday life affect the world. In this theme, you’ll explore what happens to items after they stop being useful to us.

You could get stuck in by finding out about recycling in your local community, taking part, and encouraging others to get involved. This may be a good theme to choose if you want to stay close to home but don’t have a lot of green space nearby. You’ll still get to spend time outdoors as much as possible.

There are five steps to this community impact project:

  1. Step one: identify the need >
  2. Step two: plan action >
  3. Step three: take action >
  4. Step four: learn and make more change >
  5. Step five: tell the world >

Earn stage one of your Community Impact Staged Activity Badge by taking positive steps toward recycling and reducing waste in your local area.

Step one: identify the need

Try out any, or all, of these activities to learn about the impact of plastic pollution and how you can reduce, reuse or recycle. You could do them one after the other, or in separate sessions.

Think outside the trash

Rubbish doesn’t disappear when it’s thrown away. Can you work out how long different things take to break down?

Takes: 20 minutes

Learn about waste >
Litter splitter

Explore how the items we use in everyday life can affect the world around us and hunt out the litter around you.

Takes: 30 minutes

Try litter splitter >
Banding together

Use a simple elastic band to explore the effect litter can have on wildlife.

Takes: 15 minutes

Try banding together >

Step two: plan action

Now it’s time to decide what issue you should take action on and what you want to change.

Wasted creatures

Upcycle litter into artistic garden ornaments with this creative craft.

Takes: 50 minutes

Make upcycled crafts >
Recycling binception

Where do you store your recycling? Try making a bin out of recycling to put it in.

Takes: 20 minutes

Learn about recycling >
To grow or not to grow

What does a plant need to grow? Get outside, get your fingers green, and find out in this fun science experiment.

Takes: 30 minutes

Learn about plants >

Step three: take action

To complete stage one of your badge, youll need to spend at least four hours taking action, over three months.

Weave goodbye to waste

Make natty mats and reuse refuse, learning the art of weaving along the way.

Takes: At least 3 hours

Weave goodbye to waste >
Plastic bottle greenhouse

Put your DIY skills to the test and build a greenhouse from plastic bottles, then experiment with growing different flowers or vegetables.

Takes: At least 3 hours

Make a plastic bottle greenhouse >

Step four: learn and make more change

After you’ve taken action, discuss what you’ve learned, how you have made people’s lives better, the skills or knowledge you’ve developed, and what you could do to help even more people in your chosen community.

Evaluation postcards

Make postcards to reflect on what you’ve learned, what you’ve achieved, and what your next steps could be.

Takes: 25 minutes

Make evaluation postcards >
The chit chat

Revise and recount a recent adventure to the rest of the group, with the help of some picture prompts.

Takes: Up to 1 hour

Try the chit chat >
Video diaries

After taking action on social issues, it’s time to interview each other on camera so you can reflect and share what you’ve learned.

Takes: 1 hour

Make video diaries >

Step five: tell the world

Finally, it’s time to share your actions far and wide. Help other people to understand why the issue you took action on is important, what you did and how they can help.

Share to inspire

After taking action on social issues choose the best method to tell people what you’ve done, then get stuck in.

Takes: 1 hour

Share to inspire >
Write here, write now

Make it newsworthy and share a story you’re passionate about with the world.

Takes: 1 hour

Share a story >
Community impact: the movie

Share your community impact project with the world by making a short film.

Takes: Up to 2 hours

Share your Community Impact story >