Responsible consumption of cosmetics, toys, electronics and paper

(Edition: Responsible Consumption, workshop 4/4)  

Main objectives:

Familiarizing participants with issues connected to responsible consumption of electronics, cosmetics, toys, and papers

During the workshops participants will:




Flipchart/posters, markers, crayons, pens, items stimulating reflection and discussion about cosmetics, electronics, toys and paper (see examples below)

To print:


1. Warm up (15 min)

During this warm up it is good to give a chance to everybody to speak publicly. It is the last workshop from the edition, hopefully people have already become more confident in speaking and ready for the next challenge. It is also useful for next parts to come, when participants will be asked to prepare and share presentations. You can invite them for example for a round of questions – you ask the first question to the person on your left. It can be an easy or deep question, you decide, for example: what was the best holiday in your life, what do you like to do during the weekend, what is your favourite book, etc. The person on your left answers (in no more than a min) and asks a new question to the person to her/his left. The person answers and asks next questions, etc. If participants don’t know their names, you can ask them to write them down on a paper tape or on a piece of paper and attach it to their clothes. 

2. Speaking, listening, reading and writing: preparing a presentation (45 min)

Divide the participants into 4 groups. You can divide them randomly or according to the topic they want to work on (cosmetics, toys, paper, electronics). If there are fewer participants, resign from some topic. There should be at least 3 people in the group, but no more than 5. 

Each group gets its own set of items and materials. The group has around 40 minutes to read and watch the materials, discuss them, and prepare a clear and interesting presentation for other groups about the given topic, in which, on the one hand, they present what problems are related to the issue, and on the other hand, what we as customers can do to change – at least a bit – the situation for better (very important!). If you have access to the Internet, participants can also look for their own information related to the topic.



– appendix 1  

– items stimulating reflection and discussion, e.g. cosmetics packaging with the list of ingredients, cosmetics advertisement (for example cut from magazine), lipstick or other makeup items, the sign “tested on animals”, example of natural cosmetics or recipes for DIY.



– appendix 2  

changemaker story (example of existing alternatives) – recycling different items, including old electronics, into new, useful things (instruments) and creating zero-waste music, Colombia.

– items stimulating reflection and discussion, e.g. chargers with a different endings, tangled cables, old phone, mp3



– appendix 3  

changemaker story (example of existing alternatives) – Toy library from Carrickmacross, Ireland

– items stimulating reflection and discussion, e.g. toy ads, old stuffed animal, simple toys, cool gadgets, Barbie 



– appendix 4 

changemaker story (example of existing alternatives) – paper produced in Sri Lanka from elephant dung 

– items stimulating reflection and discussion, e.g. np. paper bag, paper plate, e-reader, printing paper, recycled paper 

3. Speaking: presentations (45 min)

Each group has 5 minutes to present its topic + 5 minutes for discussion and questions. After each presentation, focus especially on solutions and actions we can take as customers. Write them down on a board or flipchart.

4. Summary (15 min)

Ask each participant which small solutions from the list written on the board/flipchart they could introduce already today. Congratulate them for taking on the challenge of preparing a presentation in English and ask about the impressions from today’s workshop and the whole responsible consumption edition (you can briefly remind what other workshops were about). At the end, invite participants to fill the evaluation form.

After the workshop you can share with participants additional materials (Appendix 5) and glossary (Appendix 6).

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