Packaging design and sustainability

There are some good ideas in these resources for including sustainability issues in design and technology, mostly thinking about reducing waste, reusing and recycling.

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One Planet Packaging

These resources cover every aspect of sustainable packaing design.  The slides and the case study are really useful for illustrating the core principles, and the resource sheets are equally useful as handouts for students, or background information for non-specialist teachers. 

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Less is more!

This is a useful set of slides and activities to challenge students to look at how a product could be redesigned to require less packaging. The slides could be used with most design projects to guide analysis and group discussion.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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STEM Club Activity: the whole package

You could introduce smart materials into packaging design with this activity.  Although described as a STEM club activity, you could use the ideas as part of a packaging scheme of work linked to reducing food waste.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Packaging Design

This packagin design activity encourages students to think about the skills they are using and whether they would make a good graphic designer.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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There are three short activities looking at the difference between reusing and recycling, but it is the 'Milk Carton Challenge' which looks like an engaging design activity.

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