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Team: Mediterráneo

Spain 14 years old   10 / 5

Project title:

Types of packaging used in secondary school

Research question

How do plastics harm health and the environment? Are there alternatives?

Identify the local environmental/climate problem you want to investigate

We have a problem at the secondary school: the massive use of plastic packaging (in the pine lot at the center there are usually plastics and microplastics)
We want to investigate, through a simple test, for a few months, the non-degradation of plastic and the disintegration of compostable and biodegradable packaging.

Project topic

Health and environment

Describe how you plan to investigate the problem identified and which data you plan to analyse.

The objective of the project:
1- Explain the difference between compostable, biodegradable, disintegrable, non-ecotoxic. Know the concept of microplastic and how it can affect health and the environment.
2- Demonstrate the disintegration capacity of a biodegradable and compostable plastic.
3-Know, once the useful life of a plastic has ended, its introduction to the circular economy

Your feedback

Expert feedback Phase 1 - 2023-2024
Is the suggested problem a problem that the students can actually investigate? Is it feasible, realistic? Please explain why or why not. Is the relation with climate/local environment worked out? Where necessary indicate the wider scientific context to which the identified problem belongs.