Chewing Gum and Doing Good

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 17 April 2020 > Ready to Use

How to take a pollution problem – discarded chewing gum – and turn it into a green resource by recycling it and using the result to make products like re-usable coffee cups. This A1+ document aims at developing your students’ reading skills and autonomy. Its general theme is protecting the environment, and should prove of … Continue reading “Chewing Gum and Doing Good”

Word of the Year: Single-Use

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 12 December 2018 > In the News

Language is constantly changing and every year British dictionary publishers Collins likes to look back and see which words have dominated the national conversation. Not necessarily new words, but ones that have come to the fore. The Word of the Year 2018 is… “single-use”. It’s been in the news as more and more campaigners have … Continue reading “Word of the Year: Single-Use”

Cleaning Plastic From the Oceans

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 20 September 2018 > In the News

Plastic pollution, particularly in the oceans, has been in the news a lot recently, with governments, institutions and big business calling and pledging to reduce the use of disposable, single-use plastics. But a young Dutchman has been fighting for eight years to tackle the other end of the problem: removing existing plastic from the sea. … Continue reading “Cleaning Plastic From the Oceans”

Green Coffee

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 01 August 2018 > In the News

A British university made progress on two environmental problems with one successful campaign: it got rid of unsightly used chewing gum littered about the campus and significantly reduced use of unrecyclable disposable coffee cups. How? By getting students to put the chewing gum into special bins, then using the recycled gum to make free re-usable … Continue reading “Green Coffee”

Ocean Cleanup Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 20 September 2018 > Webpicks

The Ocean Cleanup non-profit organisation is hoping to remove vast quantities of plastic pollution from the oceans. Here are some articles and videos you could use to introduce your pupils to this topic. To set the scene, and with lower-level pupils, there is an article provided at A1+, A2 and B1 levels about Ocean Cleanup … Continue reading “Ocean Cleanup Webpicks”

Free Ecology Poster

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 April 2018 > Celebrate

The theme for this year’s Earth Day, 22 April, is “End Plastic Pollution”. This poster from the U.S. Department of State puts the focus on ecological problems caused by plastic waste in our oceans, and the dangers it presents for marine creatures. The poster is a great starting point for a class on plastic in … Continue reading “Free Ecology Poster”