Florida Microplastic Awareness Project: Multimedia & Outreach Materials

Presentations and videos

These presentations and videos provide good background information about microplastics in the marine environment. To download a presentation, right click on the link and "save as..."

EPA has a series of webinars about microplastics (early 2017) under its Trash Free Waters program. You can find links to the webinars here

PowerPoint Presentation (49 MB). Microplastics: the sources might surprise you. Originally given by Maia McGuire at the Florida and National Marine Science Educators' Association meetings in 2015, this presentation is updated every few months (or as new research results emerge). The presentation was last updated on August 30, 2017. Be sure to read through the notes section for each slide--there are several links and citations contained there.

What's the Big Deal With Microplastics? This 45-minute YouTube video is the recording of a webinar given on September 16, 2016 by Lara Milligan and Dr. Maia McGuire from the Florida Microplastic Awareness Project.

The Nurdles' Quest for Ocean Domination. The link to this 5-minute YouTube video is also included in the PowerPoint presentation above. This Ted-Ed video is suitable for a wide range of audiences.

NOAA's Marine Debris Program website has several downloadable documents containing information about microplastics.

South Carolina Sea Grant's Summer 2014 issue of Coastal Heritage magazine is devoted to the topic of microplastics.

New York Sea Grant's fact sheet on Microbeads in the Great Lakes contains good information based on research projects in that region.

Check the Household Products Database to find out which personal care products contain polyethylene.

Outreach materials

Microplastics Fact Sheet (pdf)

Microplastic Awareness Month memes, infographics, etc.

What's in Your Deodorant? This activity can be used with youth and adults to show the variety of personal care products that can contain microplastics, as well as the need to read ingredient labels on these products. Note that some products (especially facial scrubs) have now removed plastic microbeads (as of spring, 2017). The product images here were taken in the fall of 2016.

Microplastics 3-panel display (each panel is 16" x 28") pdf file (707 KB)

Are You Plastic Aware? (Poster, 24" x 48") pdf file (3 MB)

Microplastics in Estuaries poster (Dawn Witherington) (24" x 48") pdf file (4 MB)

Printable FMAP Pledge Sheets (pdf)

Printable fliers (pdf format):

Please Don't Trash Our Ocean

Please Don't Put Plastics Down the Drain (suggested for posting in bathroom facilities)

Please Don't Trash Our Lakes

8 ways to reduce plastic waste

5 Things You May Not Know About Plastic Recycling

The GTMNERR has created printable cards that can be used to ask restaurants to help reduce plastic pollution (and save money) by only serving straws on request (or providing paper straws). The back side of the card has more information and resources for the restaurant to use. Use this link, and select the "No More Plastic Straw" tab to get to the cards.

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Questions? Contact Maia McGuire, UF/IFAS Extension Sea Grant Agent by email or at 386-437-7464 

 

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Methods used for the Florida Microplastic Awareness Project are based on those developed by Abby Barrows, PI of Adventure Scientists' Worldwide Microplastics Project

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