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7) Imagine you manage your own computer store.

  • What are some things you can do to reduce the amount of waste (packaging, plastic, etc) caused by the products you sell?

  • Then, visit a computer store in your community and see if the owner has any other ideas you can use.

  • Name three ways that each of the items below can be reused, instead of throwing them away. Ask your classmates through an informal 'poll' maybe at lunchtime or during class time (with teachers' permission) for their ideas.
    • egg carton
    • old clothing
    • plastic pop bottles
    • wrapping paper
    • newspaper

  • Examine your home and look for examples of products that could be recycled. How many are there? Discuss this with your family. Or, perhaps you can suggest some alternative products that are more environmentally friendly. Hint: replacing the use of glass cleaner with vinegar and water to avoid putting chemicals into our water system.

  • Can you find out which recyclable item makes up the largest percentage of our trash? What are some of the environmental problems created by excess trash? One example would be the bears who feed on our garbage instead of their natural diet. How would you suggest consumers reduce excess waste?

  • Interview your local politicians and find out how they feel about recycling. What are their solutions to the waste problems you identified? Maybe you could arrange for a politician to visit your classroom with your teachers' permission.

  • Write a news release about your recycling solutions and send it by fax to your local media outlets. Release should be no more than four short paragraphs, using Five Ws and an H (Who, What, Where, When, Why and How) starting with the most important detail first and working down to least important. Your teacher may be able to help or you can call a media outlet and ask them to send you some examples of media releases to guide you.
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