A creative programme about the built environment for 14-18 year olds
THE MERSEY PLASTIC PROJECT
After brainstorming environmental issues we would like to tackle, we came to the conclusion that not many people would be tackling the issue of plastic waste in the River Mersey so we decided to take on the task ourselves.
With the UK’s most polluted river on our doorsteps, we knew we needed to take action against plastic waste in the Merseyside region. The River Mersey is filled with millions of microplastics due to littered beaches, and we decided to tackle the problem at its core by designing a structure within the Mersey itself, which could be used to educate the public on why their habits are damaging our city.
We are aiming to build a maintained structure on the River Mersey which is solely built from recycled materials. We believe this structure will help raise awareness of the increasing amount of plastic in the River Mersey and encourage people to look into ways they can become more sustainable as individuals. We hope that the public will think about our structure when they go to dispose of their own plastics.
The structure resembles a turtle and is made solely of recycled plastic bottles so the public know what they need to be doing, recycling their plastics, and why they are doing it, to save the turtles and other sea creatures, some of which may be found in our own River Mersey.
We have also created plans for a walkthrough pavilion that would help to create awareness.Let us know what you think! Were you aware of the amount of plastic in the Mersey?
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