What is Your Plastic Consumption Footprint?

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Identify different types of plastics, their chemical compositions and recyclability
  • Develop an awareness of their plastic consumption lifestyle and how much plastic waste can be attributed to their current lifestyle
  • Understand how behaviour change can create a positive impact on reducing plastic waste in our communities and around the world

Curriculum Connections

Chemistry 20, 30 and Biology 20, 30
  • STS outcome (science, technology and society): explain how science and technology have both intended and unintended consequences for humans and the environment
Grade 9 Biology (B1.2)
Grade 10 Biology (B1.3)
Grade 10 Chemistry (C1.2)
Grade 9 Geography
  • C1. The Sustainability of Resources: analyse impacts of resource policy, resource management, and consumer choices on resource sustainability in Canada 

Length of Activity

  • 45 - 60 minutes of class instruction
  • 15 - 20 minutes of a weekly student assignment over the course of semester

Materials List

  • Internet-enabled device
  • Topic backgrounder
  • Eco 360 notebook (we recommend asking learners to maintain a notebook for this program to write down reflections as they go through the program)
  • My Waste Footprint Monitoring Worksheet

Online Lesson Format