The new Plastic Sucks by Dougie Poynter is an educational book about the effects that plastic is having on our planet. Aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 12 years this book is a must-have for every household and school. Not only does it provide a wealth of information about the growing epidemic of plastic, but it also inspires us all to make changes in our lives to reduce our own use of plastic and provides tips on how to take positive action.
Poynter was motivated by his love of wildlife and oceans to pass on what he learned on his own journey to cut down his plastic footprint, and he believes that our youth are the most important generation for environmental awareness.
The book gives a history of plastics, outlining the chain of negative effects that plastics have on us and our planet. There are plenty of illustrations to help outline Poynter’s message, including suggestions of the differences we can make in our homes from the products we use in the bathroom and the kitchen to awareness of other plastics we can cut down on. It was honestly an eye-opener for me, and left me feeling inspired to check my own products, make even more changes in our lives, and to educate my children further on how we can all make a difference.
You’ll learn about the dangers of single-use plastics, recycling symbols and decomposition rates of rubbish. You’ll also find out more about the eco-warriors who have been fighting this battle, and be further encouraged by their stories.
Poynter believes that “we can make a difference if we believe we can”, and that “with a bit of awareness and the right course of action, even the smallest changes in our everyday lives are having a huge impact.” He says that “having that little spark of interest is enough.”
My wish for you is that you do believe you can make a difference and that you will have that little spark of interest. Make a difference today by spreading the word, let your children read Plastic Sucks and let’s start to make the changes in our lives to help tackle the plastic problem together.
“Because each one of us is part of the problem, it also means that each one of us can be part of the solution” – Lyndsey Dodds, Head of Marine Policy, WWF
Plastic Sucks is available from book stores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R220.
Thanks to PanMacmillan for sharing this inspiring book with our family.