Facing the Future has recently released a new high school curriculum Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy.
The curriculum is interdisciplinary and includes ten fully-planned lessons. This unit is correlated with natural science and social studies standards and leads high-school students through an exploration of the system of production and consumption, i.e. the materials economy. Students will learn about the five major steps of the materials economy: Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. They will also be asked to analyze the sustainability of these steps, determining how consumption can benefit people, economies, and the environment.
The program is offered as a free download.