Big bag ban
The EU has recently approved tough new measures to slash the use of plastic bags. New targets will force each country to reduce plastic bag use by 80% before 2019.
In this activity students examine degradable plastic bags as a possible alternative to ordinary plastic bags. They choose questions to ask experts, and come to a reasoned decision in answer to the dilemma question: will degradable plastic bags solve the problems caused by ordinary plastic bags?
- Materials: properties of polymers
- Science in society: evaluate the merits of a solution to a real-world problem
Blueprint curriculum link
- Unit: Structure & bonding
- Concept: Structure & properties: Physical properties depend upon the structure of a substance, the energy to overcome forces between particles and the ability of charged particles to flow
- Skills: Read: Make inferences
- Learning stage: Analyse
- Teachers guide
- PowerPoint file
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The EU demands for a reduction in plastic bag use.
Are they better for the environment? This article is accessible to students.
This article is about research on biodegradable plastic bags.
Very long and detailed report of research literature on degradable bags, for teacher reference.