Student-made video #2 from Cafeteria Culture's YOUTH MEDIA for TRASH FREE WATERS series - by eighth grade students from East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. The students learned all about the macro problems caused by microbeads in our body care products and waterways. They decided to take action by finding an alternative to buying skin care products that are hurting our oceans, threatening marine life, and contaminating our sea food chain. Watch the video and see their great idea!
A message from the youth filmmakers:
These days, just about everyone is worried about their appearance and body. This leads to huge spending on skin care products, many that contain a harmful plastic material called microbeads. Microbeads are tiny plastic particles in skin care products and tooth paste. When you use products containing microbeads, they go down the drain, go out to the waterways, and end up in our oceans. Then fish and other aquatic species ingest those beads. Even though there is now a federal ban on microbeads, recently signed by President Obama, it does not go fully into effect until 2018, and in some places, not until 2019! There are many, many products containing microbeads still out there in the market. In "The Dark Beauty of the Beads," we came up with some solutions that you can try, which are healthier for animals, your skin, and your budget!
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"The Dark beauty of the Beads” was produced by 8th grade students from MS246 Walt Whitman in East Flatbush, Brooklyn (NYC Department of Education, District 17). The curriculum is part of Cafeteria Culture’s interdisciplinary environmental education, YOUTH ARTS + MEDIA for TRASH FREE WATERS School Program (2016), which has been generously funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2, Sustainable Materials Management Section, CASD. Cafeteria Culture is most appreciative of additional support via our UL Innovative Education Award (2015) and The Fund for the City of New York.
A very special thank you to Anna Cummins, Executive Director, 5 Gyres, who generously shared images with our students and who is doing amazing work to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans!
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