Can Plastic Be Composted?

Some plastics market as green, but are they really? Turns out, the question is a complicated one. A video lesson describes how these new plastics may have some decomposing properties but need a little boost from industry. The lesson comes from a larger Reactions series and provides descriptions of the chemical composition of the different plastics.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate during an environmental science unit with a focus on conservation
  • Have learners make Venn diagrams to compare and contrast the two types of plastic in the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider monitoring YouTube comments if making the video available for independent viewing

  • Provides a link to another video on a similar topic
  • Uses strong images to provide clarity to the explanations

  • None