This lesson raises awareness of how much unnecessary plastic is used in packaging and asks students to look at alternatives.

Ceri Jones


This lesson is based on photographs taken in a local supermarket during a recent campaign which challenged consumers to shop without buying anything in plastic packaging during a week. The photos were shared on social media with the hashtag accompanying the campaign to be used as a springboard for discussion and project work with students. As well as offering a great context for reviewing the language of food, it also offers a chance to expand on this topic and look at the language used to talk about issues surrounding plastic waste.


  • To discuss issues surrounding plastic packaging in supermarkets
  • To study and practise the language of food items and packaging
  • To undertake an out-of-class project involving taking and captioning photographs

Age group:

Lower- and upper-secondary students


CEF level A2 and above


From 25 minutes to 1 hour depending on which tasks you choose to use


The lesson plan and student material can be downloaded below in PDF format



I think it can be divided into small activities, before classes, to warm the situation and test students' eco-friendly behaviors...
Further more, it's very happy that photography skills can also be applied, together with eco-protecting awareness.
Finally, I have learnt a course from Future Learn Educational Platform named Exploring Our Oceans. After its last week - especially some sessions like A Plastic Ocean, you will find how badly plastic hurt our ocean and animals, even deep sea fish... Linked with this course plan, I think students' practical activities in life can benefit thing's modification. And take back a step, if you cannot control your behaviours to use plastic, it's better to think - improving continuing using times and keeping some plastic packings much longer in your family (reducing changing times) rather than single-time using... Hopefully, through our endeavors, the situation will be better.

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