Sustainability Resources

Lots of resources have been developed by Eco Innovators, in partnership with DATTA Vic, for teachers. We have gathered these, and other great Sustainability resources for you to use in the classroom.


It's the little things

This is your Life Cycle 

Life Pscycle-ology

What is Eco Design

A3 sized posters that outline sustainability issues and questions - great for use with Years 9-12 students in their product design process (can be printed A4 size)

What is EcoDesign? - posters

Textiles and Fashion EcoDesign Quickguide download

Product Design EcoDesign Quickguide download

Intro to Sustainability
Use this simple PowerPoint presentation to introduce the main sustainability concepts to students, and prompt them to think of practical action they can take while designing and making

Resources available for sale through DATTA Vic - purchase form here

Designers on Sustainability interviews - DVD

4 designers interviewed, explaining their decision making on sustainability issues - great for VCE PD&T, but also good for Years 9-10

Design Play Cards

A pack of cards that describe design problems, strategies abd inspirations - can be used in a range of game activites for Years 7-12

The Good Design Guide

Visually exciting non-linear book for students to explore Sustainable Design issues and strategies - Years 7-12

Resources developed by Eco Innovators,
with DATTA Vic

Free access a broad range of educator's resources:

  • Secondary student fact sheets - about a range of Sustainability issues and strategies, with discussions, case studies and web links
  • Sustainability presentation - PowerPoint slides that outline Sustainability issues. Includes background teacher information
  • Design Case Studies - a presentation that includes images and information about sustaianbility case studies, with direct links for further investigation
  • Design Play Cards download - make your own Design Play Cards
  • EcoDesign Strategies PDFs - simple explanations of a range of EcoDesign strategies
  • Production quiz game - test your students knowledge of Sustainable design
  • Life Cycle mapping cards - download images that can be used in a Life Cycle mapping activity for an electronic mouse 
  • Waste heirachy worksheet - students can use this to prioritise waste strategies
  • Life-cycle mapping activity - instructions and video of a visual mapping exercise
  • Marshmallow challenge - video instructions of a fun activity that models dematerialisation in design
  • Animation quiz sheets - work sheets to reinforce issues covered in Life Pscycle-ology and This is your Life Cycle animations


Practical Action

A wide range of excellent teaching and learning resources can also be found at Practical Action (a UK sustainability organisation). Includes:

  • Sustainability starter activities
  • 6Rs and Sustainability terms
  • Design briefs and activities for Design and Technology areas
  • Evaluation tools - for students to evaluate the sustainability level of products (existing and their product designs)
  • Excellent Design and Technology sustainability publications that can be purchased on-line
  • Sustainable companies - links to UK companies that use sustainable practices in design and production


Design for Change

Design for Change is the largest global movement of children driving change in their communnities using design.  Click HERE for some great inspirational stories and fresh ideas for classroom projects!

Thanks to the Department of Education and Training for providing support through their Strategic Partnership Projects Fund