The Reading / Listening - Zero Waste - Level 1

Has getting ketchup out the bottle made you angry? Have you ever squeezed the toothpaste tube hard to get the last bit out? Have you spent too long getting jam out of the jar? You may be happy to know there is an answer to these problems. Scientists have made a very slippery surface to put inside bottles, tubes, jars and tins, etc. Things like glue, paint and cosmetics will slide out of the container like water. The container will be empty and you will be richer.



Scientists from the company LiquiGlide made the surface to cut waste and save money. Millions of litres of ketchup, sauces, paint, gels and creams stick to the sides of containers and are thrown away. The new surface can greatly reduce waste and be a big part of the zero-waste economy. LiquiGlide said the surface changes the way liquids move, like the wheel changed transport. It wants to "revolutionize packaging," reduce waste, and improve the world.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Zero Waste - Level 0 Zero Waste - Level 2   or  Zero Waste - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39030055
  • http://indianewengland.com/2017/01/kripa-varanasi-co-founded-liquiglide-closes-16-million-venture-funding/
  • http://liquiglide.com/about-us/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. getting ketchup out the bottle
  2. squeezed the toothpaste
  3. get the last
  4. you spent
  5. there is an answer
  6. Things like glue, paint
  7. slide out of the container
  8. The container will
  1. and cosmetics
  2. too long
  3. be empty
  4. tube hard
  5. like water
  6. made you angry
  7. to these problems
  8. bit out

Paragraph 2

  1. cut waste and
  2. Millions of litres
  3. sauces, paint, gels
  4. stick
  5. a big part of the zero-
  6. changes the way
  7. It wants to revolutionize
  8. improve the
  1. and creams
  2. world
  3. liquids move
  4. of ketchup
  5. packaging
  6. waste economy
  7. save money
  8. to the sides

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Has getting ketchup (1) ___________________ made you angry? Have you ever squeezed the toothpaste tube hard to (2) ___________________ get the last bit out? Have you spent too long getting jam out of the jar? You may be (3) ___________________ there is an answer to these problems. Scientists have made a very slippery surface (4) ___________________ bottles, tubes, jars and tins, etc. Things like glue, paint and cosmetics (5) ___________________ of the container like water. The container will (6) ___________________ you will be richer.

Scientists from the company LiquiGlide (7) __________________ to cut waste and save money. Millions of litres of ketchup, sauces, paint, gels and creams (8) ___________________ sides of containers and (9) ___________________. The new surface can greatly reduce waste and (10) ___________________ of the zero-waste economy. LiquiGlide said the surface changes the way liquids move, (11) ___________________ changed transport. It wants to "revolutionize packaging," reduce waste, and (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Hasgettingketchupoutthebottlemadeyouangry?Haveyoueversquee
zedthetoothpastetubehardtogetthelastbitout?Haveyouspenttoolon
ggettingjamoutofthejar?Youmaybehappytoknowthereisananswert
otheseproblems.Scientistshavemadeaveryslipperysurfacetoputinsi
debottles,tubes,jarsandtins,etc.Thingslikeglue,paintandcosmetics
willslideoutofthecontainerlikewater.Thecontainerwillbeemptyandyo
uwillbericher.ScientistsfromthecompanyLiquiGlidemadethesurface
tocutwasteandsavemoney.Millionsoflitresofketchup,sauces,paint,g
elsandcreamssticktothesidesofcontainersandarethrownaway.Then
ewsurfacecangreatlyreducewasteandbeabigpartofthezero-wast
eeconomy.LiquiGlidesaidthesurfacechangesthewayliquidsmove,lik
ethewheelchangedtransport.Itwantsto"revolutionizepackaging,"re
ducewaste,andimprovetheworld.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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