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English Research Links

These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.

Q3.1 CAN-US – Find out what pre-cycling is! Link 1 L1

INT – Now that we know what it is, why would we do it? Link 2 L1


Q3.2 INT-US  Stuff, stuff and more stuff. We’ve all filled our households with tons of stuff, and we are accumulating even more. Let’s get some perspective on all this stuff through this excellent introductory video. Find out where our ‘stuff’ comes from, how we get it, and where it goes after in The Story of Stuff (around 15 minutes in total) L1


Q3.3 INT-US – Do our electronics come with an expiry date? The “Story of Electronics” explores the issue of planned obsolescence: Link 9 (7:47) L1

INT – Have you thought of where all your old model cell phones, laptops, TV's and outdated electronics end up? Well it's one of the largest growing industries and it's accumulating in heaps. When did you or your family last dispose of something electronic? Where does e-waste end up? Here are a few examples: L2


Q3.4 INT-US – The environmental impacts of increasing our need for more and more clothing: Link 13  L1

INT-CAN – These articles outline some of the social impacts of the low-cost manufacturing industry: Link 14 L1 and Link 15 L1


Q3.5 INT-US – Do our electronics come with an expiry date? The “Story of Electronics” explores the issue of planned obsolescence: Link 9 (7:47) L1 


Helpful Optional Links

INT – If you are unable to stream the Story of Stuff videos, then you can check out the annotated script here: Link 16 L1 

INT – If you are unable to stream the Story of Electronics video, you can check out the annotated script or learn more about the topic here: Link 17 L1

INT – Clothes are an excellent example of something that we easily buy without giving much thought, even though it is so easy to make it last, get it second hand or even make our own. This video highlights the sheer amount of clothing that we dispose of: Link 18 (3:18) L1

INT – Environmental impacts of certain fabrics: Link 19 L1

INT – What happens to a plastic bottle when you throw it away? Link 20 L1

INT  Follow the life cycle of a cell phone. Notice the social and environmental impact of the cell phone as it is manufactured until it is disposed of: Link 21 L1

INT – Have you ever wondered what impact your favourite brand has on the environment and the world? This website is a great place to find out: Link 22 L1

INT  You can rate your clothing materials impact here (good for rating your t-shirt's materials): Link 23 L1

INT – Here is one place that rates brands… but predominately brands that are ethical and from Europe. GoodGuide rates products but doesn’t tell you their impacts: Link 24 L1

INT – See here what makes a product sustainable: Link 25 L1

CAN – Not all of our electronic waste ends up in developing countries. More recycling depots are emerging in our local communities that responsibly manage old electronics. Link 26 L1 and Link 27 L1

INT – If you’re interested in the social impacts of production, check out this documentary – Maquilopolis: City of Factories! Link 28 (108:16) L2


Current Events

CAN – 2018 March 28 - CBC News “China is no longer world's dumping ground, but cleaning up its own backyard is proving to be a challenge” China has banned 24 kinds of waste from abroad in effort to tackle growing environmental disaster. This article discusses the motion and the long term implications of this ban.: Event 1

INT- 2017 March 20th- Films for Action- There's a lot to learn from Remakery - a social enterprise that teaches how to repair and refurbishes objects such as computers and furniture, and hosts a range of workshops to regenerate a repair culture. Event 2

BC – 2015 April 26th - Times Colonist  “Thrift stores pay surprising dividends” By shopping at thrift stores you can save money and help contribute to community groups and organizations. This article profiles a thrift store in Victoria that does just that! Event 3 

CAN – 2015 March 6th - The Globe and Mail  “Buying used can save you thousands. Has thrift shopping gone mainstream?” Buying used items in stores and online has become popular across Canada: Event 4


Liens de Recherche en Français

3.3 CAN - Quel est l’impact environnemental de la mode? Lien 1, Lien 2 L1


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