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Future in the Bag Community Action Guide

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  • This guide will help students develop a reusable shopping bag swap station for a grocery local store. 
  • Students will learn about the environmental impacts of single-use plastic bags and single-use plastic bag legislation. 
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  • This is a community action guide that will help teachers and students create and implement a local reusable bag program.
  • The guide contains reading material on single-use plastics.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need to allocate an appropriate amount of time for planning and putting this project into action.
  • Some of the links in the guide do not work.


  • Schools could use this resource for a school-wide Earth Day service project.
  • Art classes could design and decorate reusable bags.
  • This is a "low floor, high ceiling" project as the basic idea of creating a reusable bag station is fairly simple, but the work can be taken further into areas such as public policy.
  • Civics classes could read about bag legislation and discuss how legislation works on the community, state, and national levels.
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This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • Active Citizenship in the 21st Century - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.3.5.CivicsPD.3: Propose a solution to a local issue after considering evidence and the perspectives of different groups, including community members and local officials.
      • 6.3.8.CivicsPD.2: Propose and defend a position regarding a public policy issue at the appropriate local, state, or national level.
    • Active Citizenship in the 21st Century - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.3.5.GeoHE.1: Plan and participate in an advocacy project to inform others about the impact of climate change at the local or state level and propose possible solutions.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • HSS.IC.B.4(+) Use data from a sample survey to estimate a population mean or proportion; develop a margin of error through the use of simulation models for random sampling.
      • HSS.IC.B.6(+) Evaluate reports based on data (e.g., interrogate study design, data sources, randomization, the way the data are analyzed and displayed, inferences drawn and methods used; identify and explain misleading uses of data; recognize when arguments based on data are flawed).
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