LIFE IN PLASTIC
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.
- 15 minutes
- 2-25 people (no limit)
- 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.