Transitioning to a Circular Economy
The Eco 360 program enables youth to imagine a world without waste by closing the loop of a product’s life cycle and creating a circular economy. Learners explore the origin of plastics, their use in our daily lives, how they end up in the environment as waste and how we can ensure that plastics are cycled back into the economy after their use and out of the environment to realize their full potential, while protecting our planet.The program challenges learners to actively engage in creating a circular economy by exploring innovative solutions for reducing, reusing, and recycling plastic waste.
environmental conservation; plastics; plastic pollution; chemistry of plastics; polymers; waste management; single-use plastics; circular economy; recycling; plastic in the environment; marine plastic; plastic in oceans; policy, stakeholder engagement; sustainable development goals; sustainability; climate change; Canadian climate policy; climate action;
Take the Eco 360 Challenge
We invite you to explore innovative solutions to the problem of plastic waste in our environment. Immerse yourself in hands-on learning by proposing a feasible innovation plan that incorporates a circular economic model, eliminating plastic waste from our environment. The grand prize for the winning class is $1,000, the second prize is $500 and the third prize is $250. The 2020-2021 challenge is now closed. Registration for the 2021-2022 challenge is open.
Looking for an activity on circular economy for lower grades (4-8),
check out GreenLearning’s Circular Economy Activity
Here’s what teachers are saying about
As a science teacher, I am always looking for ways to link aspects of the curriculum to current, real life situations, and the Eco 360 program makes it easier to do this. Particularly since different activities within the program can be directly linked to the curriculum in my province. I would use this program as an extension of the current curricular units, perhaps as a biweekly activity. It links well to outcomes about human impact, stewardship and the consequences of science and technology, which appear in most of the grade levels.
Science Teacher ~ Alberta
Special thanks to the wonderful professionals who contributed to this project:
Jeffery Edward Mcdougal - High School Teacher at Trenton High School, Trenton Ontario
Sana Kaleem - Teacher in Training, Bachelors of Education, University of Ottawa
Madison Lehti - Teacher in Training, Bachelors of Education, University of Lethbridge