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#12: Responsible Consumption & Production

What does it mean to be responsible with our consumption and production?
How we can be responsible artists?


Find out: Watch this clip to learn more about the importance of creating sustainable cities and communities around the world.


While you are watching and listening you might like to think about these questions.

What do the words responsible, consumption and production mean?

Can you translate these words into another language?

Do you think artists need to be responsible in their use of materials? Why or why not?

What is the difference between consumption and production?

Understanding Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production (Primary)


Research & Resources

Many artists are using innovative ways to make their art from sustainable sources

Best Recycled Art Made from Trash!


Vietnam-Strawpocalypse: Largest straw sculpture - Meet The Record Breakers



12 People Who Blur The Line Between Science And Art







Why We're So Bad at Recycling Plastic









Melting Plastic Bag videos

How to Make Reusable Fabric Out of Plastic Bags | How To 

Art Idea: Sustainable Clothing Challenge

Your challenge is to create a piece of wearable clothing made completely from recycled materials.


You could find scraps of clothing or cut up old clothes that don’t fit you anymore and innovate them and create something new.

You could also use rubbish like; bubble wrap, thin cotton reusable shopping bags and plastic bags.

Using staples, sewing or hot glue is a great way to join your pieces together. You might like to use some Velcro as this will make it much easier to get in and out of your artistic clothing.

Gregg Segal & Trash Photography!

Have you ever wondered how much rubbish you make in just a day or a week?

Look at these mind blowing pictures of people laying in their rubbish from around the world.

You could collect all of your clean rubbish for one week and come up with a creative way to show it using photography (use the timer on your camera or phone) or ask a friend to take your photo.


Art Idea: Handmade Gift Cards/
Reusable Wrapping

My students have made beautiful handmade gift cards on a number of occasions and added some 'sustainability tips' on the back of the cards.

We sold our cards within our school community and donated our profits.


Students can also make handmade wrapping paper or add artwork onto reusable paper  or cloth bags.


Try these links:

DIY Gift bags

No Sew Gift Bags

Homemade Wrapping Paper

Christmas Ideas

Make Christmas wreaths out of plastic bottles or decorations out of recycled cardboard.

Students can also hand sew reusable gift bags.


Art Idea: Cardboard & Plastic bottle Art

Students love to design, cut and build using cardboard. With the right thickness of cardboard this can be done quickly and easily and joined together using staples and hot glue.


Cardboard that is too thick with scissors is generally not worth using as a craft knife or teacher assistance is required and this slows down the fun!

Why not hold a Creative Cardboard Design Competition?



Plastic Bottle Plants

A few years ago I stumbled across Richterova's amazing cactus plants and my year 6 students decided that one way to beautify our school would be to use recycled materials to make plants that would last a long time and display them around our school.

Cutting and melting plastic requires patience, skill and a lot of safety and so I usually suggest these for older primary school/ high school students.

You can also build fantastic 3D plants using cardboard, wire and other recycled materials. In our school each student made their own plant and we displayed these for a year in our canteen area so that we were surrounded by plants!


Taking Action

Here is a list of ideas from the Good Life Goals that can help you to take action on goal #12.



Taking Action

Where do I start?

New Ideas & Resources

Coming soon!

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