Plastic waste and its environmental impact

Today, plastic is literally everywhere. It's wrapping our food and used in cosmetics, it piles up on beaches, streets and even in the oceans. Change is urgent — this learning pack shows why.

Plastic is everywhere and has become so much a part of our daily lives that it is hard to imagine how to manage without it. But the sheer volume of the material, coupled with its durability is becoming an ever-increasing problem. Getting rid of it is easier said than done. So how can we avoid it? Our learning pack "Plastic waste and its environmental impact" provides teachers and students between the age of 12 and 16 with the necessary information to deal with the issue in depth. 

Nature and Environment | 26.01.2018

The plastic problem in pictures:

Picture cards: Plastic waste

Thrown away in Haiti

Introduction to the topic of the learning pack through picture cards depicting plastic-related issues. Please write to us if you would like us to send you the photos in a higher resolution. You can reach us at globalideas@dw.com

Picture cards: Plastic waste

Waste in water ...

... is a frightening sight

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What's left over ...

... after sieving water

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A gray seal...

... tangled up in fishing net

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Plastic bottles...

... they used to be made of glass

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Supermarket tomatoes ...

... all wrapped up in plastic

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Takeaway food packaging ...

... made from polystyrene

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Pigs...

...and human waste

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Drilling for oil ...

... also for plastic production

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A dumping ground ...

... in the wild

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Two of billions...

...of coffee cups

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Ragpickers in India ...

... are critical for waste management

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Trash floats...

... along rivers and ends up in the sea

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A sea bird ...

... that died in fishing net


The learning pack "Plastic waste and its environmental impact" includes:

  • 1 booklet with worksheets, 3 articles and explanatory handouts
  • 14 picture cards
  • 5 Videos
  • 1 poster  

All the materials may be used by educational institutions for their non-commercial purposes free of charge. You can also send us an e-mail to request a printed version of the learning pack with DVD. 
You can reach us at globalideas@dw.com