After you have read the Plastics Pledge intended to reduce waste made up of plastic bags, complete this student sheet in class.
The way things are now in my family
- The main ways and places my family gets plastic bags are:
- In our house, when plastic bags come home, this is what we do with them:
- My family is aware that it’s not good to use so much plastic. True or false?
How the plastic pledge could work/not work in my family
- What does the Plastic Pledge ask families to do?
- Can you imagine your family doing that? Why or why not?
- Is it realistic to say we won't ever buy or use products that contain or are delivered in plastic?
- Have you ever promised something that is too big to do? What was it? These kinds of promises are very tempting—and are usually hard to keep. For example: “I’ll never tease my brother again.”
- What’s a more reasonable way to make a promise you could keep about trying to do what you had said you would do?
- Edit the Plastic Pledge so it’s a promise you can keep. What words can you take out or add to make it more likely that you can keep this promise to the earth? (Hint: I pledge that I will think before I buy or use products that contain or are delivered in plastic, and try to find ways to meet my needs in other ways. For example, I can carry a water bottle so I don't need plastic cups or bottles.)
- Name one thing you or your family can do to use fewer plastic bags and less plastic.