All Lessons

A list of our current educational offerings

degraded still life of plastic caps and different plastic pieces found on the beach, gradient color of plastic parts

101 – LESSON 1: Introduction to Ocean Plastics

Lesson 1 provides an overview of plastic, explains plastic Resin Identification Codes, and explains how to sort and recycle plastic correctly.

Environmentalists filter the microplastic waste contaminated with the seaside sand.

102 – LESSON 2: Microplastics

What are Microplastics: An introduction to microplastics including sources of microplastics and why microplastics are an issue.

journey of plastic to the ocean

103 – LESSON 3: Journey of Plastic to the Ocean

The Journey of Plastics to the Ocean: An introduction to how plastics become ocean plastics including the common pathways for plastics to reach the ocean.

why is there so much plastic to become pollution

104 – LESSON 4: Why is there so much plastic?

In this lesson, we will take a closer look at why there is so much plastic available to become plastic pollution.

impacts of ocean plastic pollution

105 – LESSON 5: Impacts of Ocean Plastic Pollution

Plastic is ubiquitous and interacts with all aspects of the biosphere. There is no other single anthropogenic (human-made) contaminant that has had such a wide spectrum of direct exposure across all levels of biology.

ocean plastics 201

206 – LESSON 6: Ocean Plastics 201

Ocean Plastics 201: An introduction to ocean plastics and what makes them different than plastics collected through source separated land-based programs. This includes sources of the plastics, contamination, sorting, management, and processing.

making better choices encouraging change

207 – LESSON 7: Moving to Action – Encouraging Behaviour Change

Encouraging Behavioural Changes: An overview of how to encourage and enable behavioural changes that would work towards preventing and collecting ocean plastics, and encourage people to ‘join the ocean plastics cause’.

plastic recycling system

208 – LESSON 8: Taking Action, Creating A Plastics Recycling System

Recycling System Planning: An overview of how to set up a recycling system for ocean plastics prevention and management: essentially a “Master Recycler’ course aimed at anyone who seeks to collect or process plastics or ocean plastics.

policy changes for ocean plastic pollution

209 – LESSON 9: Using Policy to Make a Difference

How to Use Policies to Affect Change: An overview of the kinds of policies that exist that could stem the flow of ocean plastics into the environment (e.g., extended producer responsibility, deposit return systems, green procurement, funding tools).

policy affects change

210 – LESSON 10: Advocating for Change

How to Advocate for Change: An overview of ‘how to advocate for change’ (e.g., in policies or actions), using Canada as the example location for that advocacy.

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