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NowThis Earth, One Small Step


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 11 minutes, 19 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast


YouTube Video

30 Days Without Single-Use Plastics

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  • This video follows a woman who chose to avoid single-use plastics for one month.
  • Students will learn tips for how to avoid single-use plastic, challenges that might come up, and data on plastic consumption and waste from around the globe.
Teaching Tips


  • It begins with a brief history of plastic production and waste and ends with solutions to this global problem. 
  • It shows Lucy's personal experience which makes the video relatable, but there are still expert opinions and sourced data throughout the video.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There may be an ad before or during the video.
  • Students should have a little knowledge of microplastics, plastic bag bans, and how single-use plastics can end up in our oceans and watersheds.


Scientist Notes

This resource explores the history of plastic pollution between 1950-2015. It elaborates on the impact of single-use plastic on wildlife, the ocean, waterways, and the environment. It also underscores the difficulties in recycling plastic. This resource can challenge students to advocate for a plastic-free world.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
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