Green Plastics—Chemistry Outreach

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How do green plastics reduce waste and environmental pollution? Budding scientists create and test a variety of compounds used in green plastics during an insightful experiment. Beginning with startling statistics and ending with plastic-eating enzyme action, the lab is sure to engage the class!

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Present the information on the second page to get the class thinking green
  • Show a video that describes why green chemistry is important if your students have not yet encountered the concept
Classroom Considerations

  • Run the reactions yourself to ensure everything is working properly before lab day
  • Scale the lab back to just one or two of the included experiments to reduce the amount of time and materials involved
Pros

  • Presents several different experiment options
  • The content is a great choice for examining current research into ways to minimize human impact on the environment
Cons

  • Two of the supporting links in the guide are no longer functional
Common Core