The Reading / Listening - Pringles Packaging - Level 2

Pringles has improved its packaging. Pringles is well known for its large, round, crisps and their cylindrical container. However, the container is bad for the environment. People criticised the tube because it was almost impossible to recycle. The BBC said the container was "a recycler's nightmare". It might look simple, but it is made up of many materials. It had a plastic cap, a metal base, an aluminium cover, and foil-lined cardboard. This means it is difficult for people to separate and recycle. The Recycling Association called it one of the "villains" of the recycling world.



Pringles went back to the drawing board. It made its packaging easier to recycle. It spent a year designing a new tube. The company promised to change to 100 per cent reusable and recyclable packaging by 2025. A spokesman said: "We are eager to play our part and reduce our impact on the planet....We've worked hard to come up with this new can, which is widely recyclable and keeps our chips fresh and tasty and protects them from breaking up – which helps to reduce food waste." However, the new design still has a plastic lid, which will add to plastic pollution.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pringles Packaging - Level 0 Pringles Packaging - Level 1   or  Pringles Packaging - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54108336
  • https://www.bakeryandsnacks.com/Article/2020/09/10/Pringles-iconic-tube-pilots-an-eco-makeover-in-UK
  • https://www.esmmagazine.com/uncategorized/pringles-unveils-new-recyclable-paper-packaging-format-108540


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Pringles has improved
  2. well known for its large,
  3. cylindrical
  4. the container is bad
  5. it was almost impossible
  6. the container was a recycler's
  7. foil-
  8. difficult for people to
  1. lined cardboard
  2. container
  3. to recycle
  4. nightmare
  5. its packaging
  6. separate
  7. round, crisps
  8. for the environment

Paragraph 2

  1. Pringles went back to the
  2. It made its packaging easier
  3. reusable and
  4. We are eager to
  5. We've worked hard to come
  6. keeps our chips fresh
  7. helps to reduce food
  8. add to plastic
  1. play our part
  2. waste
  3. and tasty
  4. recyclable packaging
  5. drawing board
  6. up with this
  7. pollution
  8. to recycle

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Pringles has (1) ___________________. Pringles is well known for its large, round, crisps and their cylindrical container. However, the (2) ___________________ for the environment. People criticised the tube because it was almost (3) ___________________. The BBC said the container was "a recycler's nightmare". It might look simple, but it is made up (4) ___________________. It had a plastic cap, a metal base, an aluminium cover, and foil-lined cardboard. This means it is difficult for (5) ___________________ and recycle. The Recycling Association called it one of the "villains" of (6) ___________________.

Pringles went back to (7) ___________________. It made its packaging easier to recycle. It spent a year designing a new tube. The company (8) ___________________ to 100 per cent reusable and recyclable packaging by 2025. A spokesman said: "We are eager to play our part and (9) ___________________ on the planet....We've worked hard to come up with this new can, which (10) ___________________ and keeps our chips fresh and tasty and protects them (11) ___________________ – which helps to reduce food waste." However, the new design still has (12) ___________________, which will add to plastic pollution.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Pringleshasimproveditspackaging.Pringlesiswellknownforitslarge,r
ound,crispsandtheircylindricalcontainer.However,thecontainerisba
dfortheenvironment.Peoplecriticisedthetubebecauseitwasalmostim
possibletorecycle.TheBBCsaidthecontainerwas"arecycler'snightma
re".Itmightlooksimple,butitismadeupofmanymaterials.Ithadaplasti
ccap,ametalbase,analuminiumcover,andfoil-linedcardboard.Thism
eansitisdifficultforpeopletoseparateandrecycle.TheRecyclingAssoci
ationcalleditoneofthe"villains"oftherecyclingworld.Pringleswentbac
ktothedrawingboard.Itmadeitspackagingeasiertorecycle.Itspentay
eardesigninganewtube.Thecompanypromisedtochangeto100perce
ntreusableandrecyclablepackagingby2025.Aspokesmansaid:"Wear
eeagertoplayourpartandreduceourimpactontheplanet....We'vewor
kedhardtocomeupwiththisnewcan,whichiswidelyrecyclableandkeep
sourchipsfreshandtastyandprotectsthemfrombreakingup–whichhe
lpstoreducefoodwaste."However,thenewdesignstillhasaplasticlid,w
hichwilladdtoplasticpollution.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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