This resource has been developed to explore how products can be used in a circular way, extend pupils’ understanding of waste issues – including their past, present and future management. With public concern about environmental issues continuing to rise, making products using waste materials can form a sustainable solution for product design and manufacturing.
Recycling materials into new products pushes the boundaries of design and innovation, which can be used to inspire children’s own creative projects. Collaborating with companies based in the South-West indicates local innovation occurring around us every day and possibly within short distances from your schools.
GCSE specifications in design and technology requires students to consider the materials ecological footprint, how emerging technologies consider the environment, as well as environmental, social and economic challenges which influence manufacturing of products. Overall, this resource hopes to widen pupil’s perspective of “waste” being used in product design, in order to secure a sustainable future.
Areas covered are: environment, PSHE, discussion, creative thinking, presentation skills, teamwork, circular economy learning.