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Plastic-free is not easy

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


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

Language level
Language Level: 
Pre-intermediate: A2