Every item of plastic that has ever been created is still with us on the planet today. In the mid 50’s we were told that plastic was suitable for single use and could simply be thrown away. We now know that to be untrue yet we continue to treat it as such.
Nothing to date has been as impactful on our behavior as watching the 2016 documentary, “A Plastic Ocean” – viewed by millions around the globe. It’s time for every citizen of Shanghai to watch this film and learn how each of us can help end single-use plastic!
Launched in November 2017 by Green Initiatives in conjunction with Plastic Oceans and FINCH, ‘Plastics Are Forever’ is an impact project that will educate our youngest Shanghai citizens (primary school children) through to working professionals and corporate leaders about the toxic consequences of single-use plastic.
Participating schools, organizations and businesses will be able to purchase a unique educational package from the Plastic Oceans Foundation, including the original documentary, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, and full curriculum materials to facilitate a vigorous post-viewing discussion and ‘call to action’.
‘Plastics Are Forever’ aims to eliminate the waste caused by single-use plastic items by:
- Raising awareness on the environmental & social consequences of single-use plastic (i.e. straw, bottles, carry bags, takeaway cups & containers)
- Bringing urban dwellers closer to their waste to establish connection & empathy
- Promoting practical solutions towards a life with less single-use plastics #RethinkPlastic
- Measuring tangibly the impact of collective action and socially sharing metrics
Baseline plastic use metrics in organizations may be taken prior to viewing the film and followed up with running an internal ‘action campaign’ to achieve a tangible reduction or signing pledges to reduce disposable plastic use by participants, and a one-year follow up to confirm impact.
Clean-up activities, field trips, film screenings, and additional opportunities to bring ‘waste closer’ to our urban lives may also be arranged.
For more information about the project, please contact us.
How to Participate
As an individual:
- REFUSE: Instead of accepting plastic as a given whenever we go to a store, order take-out food or drinks, or order things online, REFUSE unnecessary plastic items such as plastic bags, straws, coffee lids, packaging and cutlery.
- REDUCE: Carry your own reusable items (carry bags, coffee mug, cutlery, etc) and spread the word! Buy vegetables and grocery for local fresh markets or from businesses that offer minimal packaging. Buy less imported and packaged stuff, focus on buying in bulk or buying ‘losely’ sold items.
- TAKE THE LEAD: Help forward this link to the ‘Plastics Are Forever’ project to friends at other schools and businesses to increase participation and viewership of ‘A Plastic Ocean.’
As a corporation or a school:
- Sign up to receive the ‘Plastics Are Forever’ training package, that can be delivered by a teacher or an employee volunteer. For only USD$200 (~CN¥1350), your organization will receive:
- The download link to the full (100 minutes) or short (22 minutes) version of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ (EN only or with CN subtitles)
- A 44-page bilingual teacher/facilitator curriculum
- A bilingual PowerPoint slide show to accompany your group discussion.
- Run ‘The Plastic Four’ action campaign in your organization and have participants take a pledge.
- Invite a GI team member to deliver the workshop in your organization and/or have us organize a cleanup activity or a field trip (separate fee applies).
As a consumer, please make your preferences for NO PLASTIC known at the food establishments and vendors you frequent. Every purchase decision you make has a direct impact on how consumer businesses operate and our environment.
** See RESOURCES below for more concrete actions for implementation in our daily lives **
More than 8 million tons of plastic enters our oceans each year, 80% of which originates on land.
The oceans provide more than 50% of the oxygen we breathe – thanks to the phytoplankton – more than the rainforests.
For every item offered or chosen, consider an alternative that is not made of plastic. Do this by:
Refuse: Single-use plastics end up in our oceans so ask for alternatives that can be used again.
Reduce: Is it possible to reduce your plastic footprint by eliminating the amount of plastic products used? Eg: Use foil instead of plastic wrap for food, or store in reusable boxes instead of plastic wrap.
Re-use: If you can’t use an alternative to plastic, make sure you re-use it where possible and dispose of responsibly.
Recycle: If you must purchase plastic, where possible, opt for those that are recyclable to reduce additional material ending up a in landfill. Remember, recycling is NOT the solution. It is the LAST option.
From Resources To Action
- THE PLASTIC FOUR - Avoid single-use plastics for a month
- KEEP IT (C)UP - Reduce takeaway cups when drinking in café / restaurants
- CUT THE CUTLERY - Avoid disposable cutlery with food takeaway
- ARTICLE - Prepared to live in a world with more plastics in the ocean than fish?
- ARTICLE - If you have to order meals, do so from restaurants that deliver in eco-friendly packaging
- POST CARDS – Signage to REFUSE disposables
- ARTICLE - Travel responsibly, use less plastics
- PLASTIC FREE JULY – More tips and practices
- TAKE ACTION – Plastic Oceans
- ARTICLE – Recycling is NOT the solution, it’s the last option. Like clothes, like plastic.