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Science 101: Plastics

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Description

The video provides a comprehensive examination of plastics. Beginning with their origin from natural sources, viewers follow the transition that has taken place to the mass manufacturing of synthetic products and their proliferation in our daily lives and in the environment. Specific topics explored include:

• The chemistry of plastics

• The steps involved in their production including the role of fossil fuels

• The exponential growth and ubiquitous nature of plastics in our world today

• The threats posed by microplastics

• Alternatives to synthetic plastics

 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

In addition to supporting teaching about plastics in the environment, this program should be of interest to science/chemistry teachers looking for everyday applications of organic chemistry in general and the chemistry of hydrocarbons in particular.

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Sustainable Consumption
  • Waste Management (2)

    • Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    • Source Reduction