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Plastics are the blessing and the curse of our time. Plastics have such a wide range of uses, one of which is packaging in the form of bottles.

 Bottles are light and easy to store but like all packaging when we are done they become rubbish filling up our landfills or worse, litter in our beautiful marine environment. Since plastic bottles will be part of our lives for awhile longer it is fun to think about how we might re-use them to extend their usefulness.

 Above you can see a project using small bottles that might grow some herbs on your window sill. However, PET drink bottles are easier to handle and you can create a whole mini garden from the root stems of the veggies that are leftover from making last night's salad.

You will need:

  • Look at what you have on hand that might make a good fish body. It could be a gumnut or it might be a piece of cardboard you can cut to shape.
  • Think about what fun features your fish will make your fish fit in on a coral reef. Does it lie on the bottom of a dark grotto? Does it hide under a coral plate or in an anemone?
  •  You will need some tools, perhaps a pencil, scissors, perhaps colourful paper or paint.

 What to do:

  • Gather your materials and design your fish
  • If you need to, cut the material to shape
  • Decorate with paint or paper

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