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Supermarket waste and plastic

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This new Activity Kit explores the topical concept of waste, both food and plastics. In the UK in the 21st century we have year-round access to a mind-boggling array of foods, transported from the furthest reaches of the globe and brought to our local supermarket, packed, wrapped, in near perfect condition, expertly displayed and looking appetising. But what is the cost of this enormous industry, ensuring we over-consume flawless products? The food we enjoy often has a long and complex supply chain. Each step of the supply chain generates more waste. Being a responsible consumer means understanding how to make informed choices, and the impacts of the food system to which our choices contribute. With this Think Global Activity Kit for Key Stage 3 (ages 11 to 14) teachers and learners can:
  • Explore the concept of waste, both food and plastics
  • Investigate the reasons why so much food is wasted
  • Evaluate possible ways of reducing waste.
The Activity Kit contains  two activities. Activity 1 brings a global dimension to Geography by developing an understanding of the use of natural resources and how human processes influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate. Activity 1 also brings a global dimension to English by providing opportunity to express their own ideas, participate in structured discussions Activity 2 brings a global dimension to Design and Technology by using creativity and imagination to solve real and relevant problems  

Resource contents


Environment and Sustainability, Industry and Economy, Production and Consumption

Age Ranges

KS3: ages 11-14


Design and technology, English / literacy, Geography

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