Trunsö

From trash to raw material

Trash is a problem that affects all the oceans and seas in the world, including the Baltic Sea. Even trash that is thrown on the ground in the city is easily transported to the sea by wind or water. Majority of garbage in the sea sinks to the bottom, but some remain afloat or are washed ashore.

Here on the shores of the Archipelago Sea you can spot trash, that has drifted from places far, far away. Plastic is the most common and also the most troublesome type of trash because it doesn’t decompose, but breaks down to smaller and smaller pieces, until it is too small for the human eye to see. Plastic that has falling to tiny pieces is called microplastic. Animals in the sea mistake it for titbits and eat it.

As plastic has become more common over the past few decades, also the amount of litter in the seas has increased. But we all can help solve this problem! Let’s help Pike and his friends and take our trash to the trash can. Avoid throwaway products and unnecessary packaging. The best thing is that by sorting waste stops being waste and becomes material for something else instead!

Assignment:

It’s very convenient to sort here in Trunsö, as there are containers for many different categories of waste. Can you sort the garbage from the boat or the cottage into the right containers? Biodegradable waste, such as leftovers and coffee grounds, is easy to sort into compost, when it’s already in a separate paper bag. Make you own bag from newspaper and place it in for example a bucket. The bag can be used for other purposes as well! Instructions can be found on the sign.

Did you know that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans if we don’t stop littering? Start sorting already today!

Can you find the shingle beach?