The theme of Earth Day this year is “End Plastic Pollution.”

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CurioCity resources which align with Quebec's Secondary IV Environmental Science and Technology content area: The Technological World.

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CurioCity resources which align with Quebec's Secondary IV Applied Science and Technology content area: The Technological World.

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This video looks at how the features of plastic that makes is so useful to us (cheap, durable and expendable) have resulted in serious issues in the ocean. Addresses both macro and microplastics.

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Scientists estimate that there are more than 5.25 trillion plastic pieces floating on the surface of oceans.

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University of Guelph researchers see possibilities for soya meal as a component of bioplastics for products such as biodegradable, compostable plastic bags

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Until recently, scientists thought that plastic could not be broken down by any organism.

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Chemists are working on new strategies using renewable feedstock chemicals, such as sugars, plant oils and other naturally sourced starting materials to create environmentally-friendly polymers.

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Agriculture is one example of an industry where plastics have long been used, and where they are starting to be used more intelligently.

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