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Reuse it: Activities

Foot printing. How does each product have an impact on the environment? This activity takes approximately 30 minutes and it encourages students to follow the life cycle of a can of coke (and a ‘Kinder Egg’) to assess its impact (or footprint) on the environment.

Less is Best. How can products be redesigned to use less materials and possibly less energy? This activity takes approximately 50 minutes and encourages students to compare pairs of products (e.g. a traditional and an electric toothbrush) to assess which is more sustainable.

Disassembly. Why is it important to design products that can easily be disassembled? This activity takes approximately 30 minutes and asks students to research two case studies on the STEP website (one case study is the Smart Car) to assess whether these products are sustainable.

Reuse it! What happens to waste? Can we reuse any of it and make something useful? This activity takes 90 minutes (but can be shortened) and encourages students to do some research on waste and to think of design ideas for a collection of ‘rubbish’.


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