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Exploring Waste

Why is there no waste in nature?

Secondary, Elementary, Middle

Description

The resource includes a number of activities that explore the concept of zero waste and how nature may provide direction in moving us to a zero-waste society. It also helps students distinguish between organic and inorganic waste and how they might reduce the pressure on landfills.

The resource includes a number of supporting materials.

1. Things to Read: What is Zero waste, 5 Types of Waste, The differences between human waste and nature waste                           

2. Things to Watch: Cradle to cradle approach and Zero Waste Lifestyle

3. Things to Listen to: Practically Zero Waste

4. Things to Do: A beginner's guide to zero waste and Meet our Waste changemakers.

5. Things to Inspire: Explore our Waste Topic

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

The resource includes a "Thinkers Guide" that suggests ways students may improve their thinking and empathy skills and their linking of thinking skills.

Strengths

The resource includes an effective combination of materials that explains the difference between human and natures 'waste", outlines the concept of zero waste and cradle to cradle production and consumption, and provides a beginner's guide to zero waste. It thereby moves from understanding to action.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The resource may be used in those units of study that explore  sustainable production and consumption, ecological footprint and citizenship engagement and action

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Themes Addressed

  • Waste Management (4)

    • Composting
    • Cradle-to-Cradle
    • Solid Waste Disposal
    • Source Reduction