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Kristy Davies

War on Waste Episode 3

Grades: 7th Grade, 6th Grade, 8th Grade
Subjects: STEAM, Geography, English Language Arts

Student Instructions

Coffee cups and fashion waste There is no doubt that we live in an increasingly throwaway society. Craig explores the impact that coffee cups and fast fashion have on our environment. It’s estimated that over 1 billion coffee cups are ending up in landfill each year. While most people believe coffee cups are being recycled, this is not quite the case. Craig catches up with the experts to find out what is going on. To highlight the issue, he fills a tram with coffee cups and encourages Melbourne’s coffee lovers to start using their own recyclable ‘keep cups’. Can the movement take off? Craig examines our obsession with fast fashion - it’s an issue that’s causing an environmental crisis globally as textile waste is piling up at catastrophic levels. Our clothing charities are inundated with the volume of clothing coming to them, much of which now ends up in landfill. A recent audit by the City of Sydney reveals that 6 tonnes of textile and fashion waste are going to landfill in Australia every ten minutes. Craig unleashes a dramatic stunt in Martin Place to illustrate just what a pile of this waste looks like. Craig follows this up by tracking down four fashion obsessed millennials and, with the help of celebrity stylist Aleysha Campbell, inspires them to slow their fashion down by going on a fashion diet. Craig returns to our ‘waste free’ families to see their transformation over the course of the show. Finally, he follows up with supermarkets and recycling facilities to encourage them to make changes for the better. Will he have an impact?

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

Based on ATOM Study Guide https://downloads.clickview.com.au/www/ATOM-resources/ATOM-Study-Guide-War-On-Waste.pdf