Learners will be able…
… to examine detrimental effects of plastic (over)usage.
… to identify and critically assess possible ways of reducing use of plastic and exploiting alternative sources.


You need:

  • 15 minutes
  • 2-25 people (no limit)
  • Whiteboard/board/flipchart


Instructions (Step-by-Step)

  • Ask the learners to list examples of everyday items and activities where plastic is used. Write down their answers on the whiteboard.
  • Analyse together with the students:
    • Are the items concerned intended for single or multiple uses?
    • What is the reason these items are/contain plastic (e.g., ease of production, convenience of use, cost of production, item durability, item design, …)?
    • Could a similar purpose and/or effect be obtained from using a different material?
    • What could that material be?
    • What happens to the item after its (intended) lifecycle?
    • Can it (and is it typically) recycled?
    • What options do consumers have in influencing the way the item is disposed of and processed after its intended use?
  • Discuss possible ways the learners could use alternative sources/items.