REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE

Discover how to develop sustainable habits with this free resource for 5-14.


We can all make small changes to live a more sustainable lifestyle. These Reduce, Reuse, Recycle activities encourage children to analyse their own behaviours around food and food packaging waste and see where they can make improvements. 

Key question

  • How can develop better habits for a sustainable lifestyle?

Key learnings

  • Listing examples of why food and food packaging waste should be avoided.
  • Explaining how small changes to habits can help reduce food waste and food packaging waste on a larger scale.
  • Convincing others of the importance of this topic, and inspiring peers to adopt good habits (through a campaign).

FILM DISCUSSION POINTS

Watch our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle video.

  • Can you remember three things that the pupils put into the recycling bins? 
  • What two reasons did the Brownlee brothers give for why we should all create less waste? 
  • You saw the pupils using the recycling bins. How you go about recycling paper, a plastic bottle and some leftover food at your school
  • The three R's are in an order, starting with what we should try to do first. Can you explain why? 
  • How could you encourage more recycling at your school? 
  • How could you know that you are creating less waste, by reducing, reusing and recycling? 

ACTIVITY IDEAS

Our PowerPoint lesson plans include helpful activity and information sheets for you to print out, and are completely editable for you to adapt to your pupils needs.

Student Resources

RRR Presentation

Fully editable PowerPoint presentation with teacher's notes included in the Notes section.

Resource type: Presentation

Learning focus: Pupils learn why food and food packaging waste is harmful, and how they can make small changes to help.

Recommended age group: 5-11

Advanced RRR Presentation

Fully editable PowerPoint presentation with teacher's notes included in the Notes section.

Resource type: Presentation

Learning focus: Students learn how small changes in habits can add up to tremendous results.

Recommended age group: 11-14

RRR Activity Sheets

Students complete a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Race, sign a pledge, and find out helpful facts about waste.

Resource type: Activity sheet

Learning focus: Student discover more about the sustainable habits they already practise, and how they can still improve.

Recommended age group: 5-11

Advanced RRR Activity Sheets

Students conduct surveys and research and plan their Reduce, Reuse, Recycle campaign with these helpful activity sheets.

Resource type: Activity sheet

Learning focus: Students learn to complete independent research to support a social campaign.

Recommended age group: 11-14

RRR Presentation (PDF)

Pupils learn why food and food packaging waste is harmful, and how they can make small changes to help.

Resource type: Presentation

Learning focus: Pupils learn why food and food packaging waste is harmful, and how they can make small changes to help.

Recommended age group: 5-11

Advanced RRR Presentation (PDF)

Fully editable PowerPoint presentation with teacher's notes included in the Notes section.

Resource type: Presentation

Learning focus: Students learn how small changes in habits can add up to tremendous results.

Recommended age group: 11-14

RRR Activity Sheets (PDF)

The PDF versions of the Activity sheets. Students complete a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Race, sign a pledge, and find out helpful facts about waste.

Resource type: Activity sheet

Learning focus: Student discover more about the sustainable habits they already practise, and how they can still improve.

Recommended age group: 5-11

Advanced RRR Activity Sheets (PDF)

The PDF versions of the Activity sheets. Students conduct surveys and research and plan their Reduce, Reuse, Recycle campaign with these helpful activity sheets.

Resource type: Activity sheet

Learning focus: Students learn to complete independent research to support a social campaign.

Recommended age group: 11-14