SchoolArts Magazine

May 2016

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E L E M E N T A R Y EunJung Chang and Amber Harrar H ow many plastic bags are produced, used, and wasted in the United States each year? How many of them are recycled? More than one million plastic bags are used every minute, and each year, about one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide. Many people go through their daily lives not knowing about this impact on the environment; less than five percent of plastic bags are recycled in the United States, in addition to the one to three percent worldwide. The Dangers of Plastic Plastic bags are made of various chemi- cals such as polymer, chlorine, sulfur, xylene, ethylene oxide, and benzene. These toxic chemicals not only impact the health of people and animals, but can also pollute the air. Burning and throwing away plastic bags releases toxic chemicals. What are some envi - ronmentally friendly ways to dispose of plastic bags? To answer this ques - tion, all we need to do is use the three "Rs" of going green: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Landscape with Plastic Bags In science, students study the three Rs of the environment—how to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic. They discuss a variety of ways to prevent air pol - lution and how to help the habitats of certain organisms by reusing and recycling. In art, students learn about the basic parts of a landscape, such as horizon line, foreground, middle ground, and background, and the concept of value as the lightness or darkness of colors in creating plastic landscapes. They look Plastic Landscapes 30 MAY 2016 SchoolArts

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