Why "Stuff" Matters

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See Why "Stuff" Matters Part I here  (5:58 video)  See Why "Stuff" Matters Part II here (9:11 video)

The Part I, 7-slide PowerPoint gives the definitions of three waste management strategies (recycling, reusing and reducing), and explains why reduction is the most preferred strategy. 

The Part II, 8-slide PowerPoint shows the impacts of "stuff" on the environment, specifically in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. It also emphasizes the importance of looking at the full life cycle of products, not just looking at waste and disposal. Educator Susan Salterberg also concedes that she loves to buy, like most Americans. She is working to reconcile her desire to consume with her desire for a healthy environment.  Susan shares the "fulfillment curve" concept as one approach to inspire smart shopping.

Materials Available: 
Other
Grade Level: 
3-5
6-8
9-12
Post-secondary
Content Areas: 
Math
Science
Social Studies
Topic: 
Reduction/Consumption
Natural Resources/Life Cycles
Recycle/Reuse/Compost
Waste/Pollution