<img src="https://d5nxst8fruw4z.cloudfront.net/atrk.gif?account=iA1Pi1a8Dy00ym" style="display:none" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Skip Navigation
Our Terms of Use (click here to view) have changed. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our new Terms of Use.

Materials Humans Use

Humans use a tremendous number of resources; here are a few and what they are used for.

Atoms Practice
Estimated1 minsto complete
Practice Materials Humans Use
Estimated1 minsto complete
Practice Now
Turn In
Paper Or Plastic

Paper or Plastic?

Why It Matters

When you go to the grocery store, do you ask for paper or plastic bags? Do you bring your own?

In this clip, Edward Norton pleads with you to make the extra effort to conserve our natural resources: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/environment/going-green-environment/conservation-in-action/norton-bag-env/

Are there other habits that we could change in our daily lives to conserve more natural resources?

Explore More

  1. According to a Pew Research Center survey in July 2011, 77% of teens in the United States have a cell phone. Millions of cell phones are replaced every year and only a small percentage of the obsolete phones are recycled. Where does this material go? What impact does our behavior have on the world around us? USGS data: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2006/3097/fs2006-3097.pdf 60 Minutes clip: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4586903n&tag=mncol;lst;1
  2. Brainstorm other excessive uses of natural resources by teens. Create a video like the Paper or Plastic clip that convinces teens to change their habits. Make sure to include:
-the natural resource in need of conservation
-the behavior change in teens that is needed
-the impact it will have on our planet

Resources Cited

National Geographic. http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/environment/going-green-environment/conservation-in-action/norton-bag-env/

60 Minutes. CBS. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4586903n&tag=mncol;lst;1

USGS. http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2006/3097/fs2006-3097.pdf

Notes/Highlights Having trouble? Report an issue.

Color Highlighted Text Notes
Please to create your own Highlights / Notes
Show More

Image Attributions

Explore More

Sign in to explore more, including practice questions and solutions for Materials Humans Use.
Please wait...
Please wait...