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Household Toilet Paper - An Audit

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Sustainability Priority

 

1. In groups of 4 - 5 students, you are to develop a data collection checklist about the toilet paper your families use. For example:

  • Number of people in household using toilet paper

  • Type of toilet paper - recycled paper or new

  • Thickness - ply

  • Number of rolls per package

  • Cost per roll

  • Number of rolls used per week

  • Where your family buys their toilet paper

Brainstorm what other characteristics might be part of your group's checklist.

 

Toilet Paper

2. Confer with another group to see what they have on their checklist. Is there anything different that you might add to your checklist. Discuss with your group. Add to your checklist (if necessary).

Make sure that each group member has the same checklist to use at home.

3. Individually, you are to undertake an audit of your family's use of toilet paper using the checklist. You are to do this over a two week period.

4. Collate your results individually. Write a report about the amount of toilet paper used and the cost per year to your household.

5. Discuss with your family, especially the buyer of toilet paper, why they buy a particular brand.

6. Collate your results as a group. Can you see a particular trend in any part of the checklist? Can you think of any reasons for these trends?

7. Reflection.

What have you learnt about the usage of toilet paper in your household?

How much could you save if you changed products? Would your family consider this option?

 

 

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The Cost of Rubbish Removal at School - Any Alternatives?

  PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Sustainability Priority

 

1. Investigation

A selected group of 4 - 5 students are to approach the Principal of your school to find out the cost of rubbish removal at the school. This group is to find out:

a. Landfill cost and amount of landfill that is collected each fortnight

b. If there are bins for recyclying. If so, how much do these bins cost initially and to replace?

c. If there are bins for composting. If so, how much do these bins cost initially and to replace?

d. If composting occurs (and why not?), how is the compost used? Does the school have a Kitchen Garden? Do the students learn about food and cook with this food? Is the canteen using the vegetables and herbs grown in the Kitchen Garden in the food that is sold to the students? Why? Why not?

2. Action Research

Depending on whether your school currently divides up the rubbish generated, you are to do an Action Research project.

A. If your school does divide up its rubbish into different bins for collection, you are to as a class, divide into groups of 4 - 5 students and...

i. find out the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill. For one week, your group is to be a Waste Warrior and monitor one set of bins to make sure that students are directing their rubbish to the correct bin.

ii. find out how much money is being reclaimed from bottles and cans being recycled and what this money is being spent on.

iii. find out how much waste is delivered to the compost or worm farm each week. If this last action isn't occurring, you are to consider creating either a compost or a worm farm. See the Garbage Collector for details. Cost out the creation of a compost or worm farm and the procedures to get the green waste to either of these two solutions.

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B. If your school does NOT divide up its rubbish into different bins for collection, you are to as a class, divide into groups of 4 - 5 students and...

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