The sea of rubbish

The North pacific gyre is very bad because of all the rubbish that goes into it. For 12 kilometers the water isn’t visible. There is a BIG strip of plastic scraps and metal. People are now trying to clean it up but other people keep putting more and more junk into the gyre. The people can’t clean the mess up.

Any animal that goes into the sea of rubbish will have a very painful rest of life and will some times end up dying after going through something like this. They will come back with lots of cuts, plastic rings, plastic bags, oil, splinters and toys stuck to them.

You can help by recycling plastic into art and putting it some where safe or don’t buy as much plastic as you did before.

At my school we did sea week, which meant we went to different beaches and cleaned up all the rubbish we could find. We made t-shirts with sea week logos on them to spread the message that “oceans don’t eat plastic… be fantastic and use less of it”

Here is a poem I wrote:

THE SEA OF RUBBISH

An ocean of pain

Trapped by currents

In the wind of silence

They cannot breathe.

I hope you have learned from some of these things I have shared. I would like to hear any things you know that can teach me more. Thank you very much for caring about our oceans and the animals.

Paint tubes

Paint tubes are sometimes a waste. When a person finishes painting with a plastic tube they will throw away the tube once the paint has gone. The tube is such hard plastic that it will take more than 600 years to break down. You could make your own paints instead of throwing away junk that will eventually end up in the sea or land fill. See this link for a great recipe: http://www.kids-crafts-fun-and-games.com/homemade-paint.html

Another idea if you need to buy paint tubes is to recycle them to make chalk. See: http://playfullearning.net/make-your-own-sidewalk-chalk/. Use the tubes as molds for the chalk. You could also fill them with sand, replace the lid tightly and use them as wedges to hold doors open. 

 

Making your own lip balm

Making your own lip balm lipbalm2

Animals such as the albatross swallow lip balm tubes and sticks so we made our own that doesn’t need a plastic container that they could eat, and it can break down fast. These are the ingredients:
1 Tbsp of beeswax
2 Tbsp of cocoa butter
2 Tbsp of coconut oil
20 drops of essential oil
Steps:
1: Put a bit of water at the bottom of a pot.
2: Put the stove on a high temperature.
3: Place a bowl over the pot.
4: Put all of the ingredients in the bowl and melt.
5: Pour in to small glass containers.
6: And leave to set.

(Based on a recipe from http://www.wellnessmama.com)

PLASTIC

PLASTICP is for Pollution

L is for litter

A is for animals in danger

S is for suffer for the misdeeds

T is for toxic particles

I is for it has to stop!

C is for can you help?

What happens when a turtle comes across a plastic bag or a ring

Turtles are my most favorite animal that lives in the sea. The really sad thing is that turtles are dying from plastic bags and plastic rings. Turtles think that the plastic bags are jelly fish. They will eat the bag and get it stuck in their throat and drown, which is very sad.  With the plastic rings, it will get on the shell of the turtle and cut off the blood circulation to the other half of the body. The turtle can’t swim and can’t get to the surface. To help stop this from happening cut the rings up so it doesn’t go around the turtle, and keep your plastic bags or recycle them.