This activity is suitable for all age groups from upper primary upwards, including adult groups. It enables students to investigate how much land and energy is used to make consumer goods by analysing all the stages in their production cycle. They work out the life cycle of a product from beginning to end by using a set of cards that represent stages in production, use and disposal. This raises awareness of all the various impacts that arise from producing and consuming items and leads to discussion of issues that relate to the impact of production and consumption, such as trade, poverty and employment. It also helps with understanding of how “eco footprints” are calculated.
As well as the instructions and the cards to use in the activity, the pack contains a booklet which goes into detail about how how the activity can fit into different subject areas. It also addresses the various issues raised in clear and simple language and provides pointers for where to get additional information.
PublisherCentre for Alternative Technology
- Teacher's Pack (£21)
- Pack includes instructions for running the activity, plus a supply of cards representing different stages in a product's life cycle. Order via website:
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