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Introduces the concept of zero waste. Zero waste is intended to mimic nature by redesigning our systems and resource use -from product design to disposal - to prevent wasteful and polluting practices. It then captures the discards and uses them, instead of natural resources, to make new products, creating far less pollutions and feeding the local economy.
The film argues that the planet cannot sustain present trends characterized by increased population, increased consumption, increased waste and declining resources and therefore we must design a new system base on the principles of zero waste.
Zero Waste may be used to support curriculum units dealing with waste management,sustainable consumption, corporate responsibility, and government regulations. The concept of zero waste opens a new dimension for student investigation that goes beyond the conventional reduce, reuse, recycle mantra.
Students might be asked to explore the practical implications of the general policy. What does this mean in the production process?, what regulations need to be adopted?, what would be the economic implications if adopted?, what role will individuals be required to play?, to what extent does zero waste satisfy the principles of sustainable development?
The Zero Waste website would be a useful resource for student investigations of the these questions.
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