Materials List: Investigating the Properties of Plastic and its Effects on the Environment

Each group needs:

For the class to share:

  • compost kit available online (Note: this needs to be prepared weeks in advance.)
  • 4 samples of water containing macro-invertebrates and plastic. These can be collected from regional sources such as rivers, lakes, and oceans or they can be created by ordering plastic (available online) and adding macroinvertebrates from local sources. For the macroinvertebrates, you can order freeze dried plankton to mix with plastic (available online).
  • 6 beakers (400 ml) with tap or distilled water
  • 4 magnifying glasses
  • 8 pipettes
  • 12 oz. face wash with microbeads (examples include Clean & Clear Morning Burst Oil-Free Hydrating Facial Cleanser and Olay Fresh Effects Deep Pore Clean Plus Exfoliating Scrub)
  • 6 bowls (2 L or larger)
  • samples of plastic materials with a variety of resin codes
  • plastic for the compost kit (examples include plastic fork or spoon, plastic bag, Styrofoam, PVC pipe, plastic straw)
  • 4 synthetic fabric (microfiber) samples (polyester/nylon; preferably in red color for better visibility), available online
  • 4 funnels (10 cm diameter)
  • 12 coffee filters
  • 12 petri dishes
  • 4 microscopes (dissecting preferred)
  • 4 Background Sheets
  • slides of algae or other types of fish feeding material (optional)
  • access to the internet and ability for teacher to show video for entire class to see
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