Welcome your students to class. As everyone settles in, facilitate a conversation about what stuff your students couldn’t live without (we’ll get to the intangibles like love and family later; focus on physical things for now). Popular answers might include my smartphone, my clothes, my shoes, etc.)
Have you heard about minimalism? It’s a trend where people get rid of all the extra stuff in their lives and live with only the basics, even when they could afford a lot more. Similarly, people with a zero waste lifestyle try to live simply and minimize their waste. This video explains it well.
Share this video with your students [3:19]:
Zero waste family enjoys a minimalist lifestyle
- In your opinion, what are the biggest benefits of this kind of lifestyle? (Have more money to spend in other ways such as vacations, have more space in your room, your brain feels less cluttered, less negative environmental impact, less financial and physical waste, etc.)
- What would be the biggest drawbacks of this lifestyle? (I’d get bored, I like lots of shoes/clothes—I would get tired of wearing the same things over and over, I would have to spend lots of time growing food or choosing zero waste products, people would make fun of me, etc.)
- Do you think you could live a minimalist and/or zero waste lifestyle? Would you want to? Why or why not? (Allow several answers.)
Sometimes, it can feel like our “stuff” takes control of our lives. Our minds and our faith can feel like that sometimes, too, can’t they? Keeping track of everything God, our parents, our government, or our teachers want us to do or not do can be overwhelming. Thankfully for us, Jesus can offer us a simpler way. Faith in Him is all we need. Let’s dive in and see what that means.