Buy, Use, Toss


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Buy, Use, Toss? is an interdisciplinary unit that includes ten fully-planned lessons. This unit is correlated with national science and social studies standards and will lead your students through an exploration of the system of producing and consuming goods that is called the materials economy. Students will learn about the five major steps of the materials economy; Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. They will also be asked to analyze the sustainability of these steps, determining how consumption can benefit people, economies, and environments.


  • Science
  • Social Studies


  • High School (9-12)


  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate
  • Citizenship
  • Human Environment Interactions

NAAEE Guidelines/Strand(s):

  • Strand 2.4: The Environment & Society
  • Strand 3.1: Skills for Analyzing & Investigating Environmental Issues
  • Strand 3.2: Decision Making & Citizenship Skills
  • Strand 4: Personal & Civic Responsibility

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Buy, Use, Toss

Facing the Future
1904 Third Ave., #510
Seattle, Washington

Organization Type: Community Outreach Education

Dave Wilton
Assistant Outreach Director

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