Student Projects

Be inspired by artwork and project ideas from students who have taken on the issue of plastic marine pollution.

Up-cycle to Reduce Waste

PFS is proud to work with Kids4Kids for the second year (2022) in a row as a student group mentor. The Little Sandcastle (@little.sandcastle) is a project run by Isabelle and Ran to reduce and repurpose waste.

They host drives to collect plastic and repurpose it in meaningful ways to inspire others to do the same. Their products will be sold across different platforms, with profits going to PFS; they also teach others how they can up-cycle on their own. With these instruction packs, not only can people stop purchasing manufactured goods like coasters, but they can also reuse things within the home.  Download the guides and start making projects today!

If you want to find out more, check out IG @little.sandcastle or email us here

This project is funded by Kids4Kids Action for a Cause Program 2021 – 2022. For more information about the program, please visit:

Developing Plastic-Eating Bacteria

A team of students from G.T. (Ellen Yeung) College (Gabriel Leung, Gavin H.H. Chau, Jonas C.Y. Fok, Belovffy K.K. Liu, Calista E. Loh, Ian C.Y. Tam, Gordon W.T. Leung, Heison C.H. Wong, Nicolas C.L. Wong, Josh C.H. Ho and Conan T.L. Tse) participated in iGEM 2021 and worked on an amazing project. It was multi-faceted: they used drone and AI technology to train a deep learning model to detect plastic bottles and measure the levels of plastic bottles on beaches; they conducted surveys to gain insight into secondary school students’ attitudes and practices with regard to plastic pollution; and they used a protein engineering approach to create plastic-eating bacteria to speed up PET degradation. They have developed education materials to raise public awareness on the issue, and their goal is that their findings and efforts will provide Government and NGOs information for future implementation of plans for cleanup efforts, and to foster collaborative efforts on the issue. 

Find more about their iGEM submission here. You can download their education booklet below.

1st Hong Kong Canadian Scout Group 2020

Tianne and Calista really care about our environment. For their Chief Scout Award project, they chose to spread awareness about using reusable beeswax wraps as an alternative to wasteful cling wrap. They sold wraps and kits to make-your-own, to not only educate but to help reduce the amount of cling wrap used and disposed of. They created a website to educate and sell their products. They sold an amazing 124 sheets of beeswax wraps and 21 DIY kits, and donated their profit to Plastic Free Seas. Thank you for your amazing effort! 

Anna Yr 9 Victoria Shanghai Academy 2020

Anna authored and illustrated her book:  Lily You Did It!  The book was originally for her community project which involves taking action for an organization. Lily You Did It! was designed to teach younger students about plastic waste problems, how the environment is affected and show students how they can reduce their use of plastic.  Anna has had the book printed and is planning to have it available in her school library.

William Yr 6 Kellett School 2018

The Plastic People sculptures, exibited at PMQ, highlight the history of plastic and how long plastic has been sitting in our land and floating in our oceans. William collected all this waste plastic to make these sculptures. He also wrote a ‘top 10 alternatives to plastic’ poster to educate so that the public can start to make a difference now. PFS uses this fantastic poster to educate at our booths. 

Charles Yr 6 Victoria Shanghai Academy 2018

Charles devised and created a VR game about plastic pollution which he used at school and helped out at some of PFS community booths to engage the public.

Footprints of the Rainbow

By Jill Smith. (GSIS)

Such pretty colours in the sky
But even if you were up high
You could not make them stay.

Such pretty colours in the sand
I hold this rainbow in my hand
It will not go away.

The plastic footprints on the beach
Won’t disappear with tidal reach
They’ll only replicate

And trample all that’s in their path
How long how long can nature last?
No plastic without trace . . .

Unlike the rainbow way up there
This one won’t vanish in thin air.

American International School

Year 8 Service Project   Nov – Mar 2016

Renaissance College Hong Kong 2014

Hong Kong’s Endangered Spoonbill bird was the inspiration for RCHK Primary students to highlight the issue of disposable plastic cutlery in the school canteen. They up-cycled used plastic bottles, spoons and forks from the canteen.

This Spoonbill was displayed around the school, to spread the message the need to reduce waste to everyone.

The students also worked toward eliminating the use of throwaway utensils through conversations with the food service provider.

Trashion Show - RCHK 2019

Some schools in Hong Kong hold annual Trashion Shows to highlight the issue of plastic waste by utilising plastic discards or plastic waste.

There are many international and famous Trashion artists who inspire creativity. One such artist, Marina Debris, has held many highly acclaimed Trashion Shows as well as exhibiting plastic waste installations.

At RCHK, what originally started as an after-school sewing club seven years ago has gradually evolved into a student-led fashion show. 

In 2019 it was also a fundraising event for Plastic Free Seas! Read more about the 2019 event  in The road to Trashion written by RCHK student Chi Ching Chow.

South Island School – Student Video

Interview with PFS team on a beach cleanup.