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Curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World’s Largest Lesson, Redesigning Plastics is a two part lesson that introduces key facts about the global plastics economy and how it might be redesigned through innovation. The lesson explores what could be done to make plastics fit in a circular economy, and encourages students to take on a creative design challenge of their own.
The Redesigning Plastics lesson is significant in bringing current global issues to students and encouraging them to explore the connections between the economy, the environment, and design. Using the circular economy framework, students are empowered to think differently, and find systemic solutions to systemic problems.
The lesson plan aligns well with the recently launched New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize. This USD 2 million prize, funded by Wendy Schmidt as Lead Philanthropic Partner of the New Plastics Economy Initiative, calls for innovators, designers, scientists and entrepreneurs to help create packaging that keeps plastics out of the ocean.
The lesson will be part of the World's Largest Lesson 2017, which aims to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by addressing the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Redesigning Plastics specifically focuses on Global Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption & Production.
The 2017 campaign begins on the 18th September - be sure to mark the date in your diaries. You can also find other resources introducing the Global Goals for Sustainable Development here.