The Reading / Listening - Pringles Packaging - Level 3

The potato chip maker Pringles has improved its packaging. Pringles is well known for its large, round, stacked crisps as well as for its cylindrical container. However, the container has been criticised for being bad for the environment. A lot of the criticism was because the tube was almost impossible to recycle. The BBC news agency said the container was "a recycler's nightmare". It might have looked simple but it was made up of multiple materials. It had a plastic cap, a metal base, an aluminium tear-off cover and a foil-lined cardboard tube. This all made it nearly impossible for people to separate and recycle the container. The Recycling Association called it one of the "villains" of the recycling world.



Chiefs at Pringles went back to the drawing board to make the packaging easier to recycle. They spent 12 months designing a new tube. This move was part of the company's promise to switch to 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the year 2025. A company spokesman said: "We are eager to play our part and reduce our impact on the planet. And Pringles fans expect that of us too. So 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. The Recycling Association said this would just add to plastic pollution.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Pringles Packaging - Level 0 Pringles Packaging - Level 1   or  Pringles Packaging - Level 2

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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Warm-ups

1. POTATO CHIPS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about potato chips. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       potato chip / recycling / packaging / container / environment / materials / plastic /
       drawing board / tube / promise / planet / fresh / tasty / fans / food waste / pollution
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ILLEGAL: Students A strongly believe packaging that is not recyclable should be made illegal; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PACKAGING: How essential is this packaging? What could we use instead of it Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Essential Is This

What Could We Use Instead?

Plastic bags

 

 

Wrapped fruit

 

 

Plastic yoghurt cartons

 

 

Wrapped chopsticks

 

 

Plastic coffee cups

 

 

Cardboard boxes

 

 

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5. TUBE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "tube". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SNACKS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best snacks at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • potato chips
  • nuts
  • chocolate biscuits
  • cereal bars
  • raisins
  • popcorn
  • cheese
  • candy bar

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. stacked a. The person or thing responsible for specified trouble, harm, or damage.
      2. cylindrical b. Things put on top of other things.
      3. container c. A person, thing, or situation that is very difficult to deal with.
      4. tube d. Having parallel sides around a round base.
      5. nightmare e. A long, hollow cylinder of metal, plastic, glass, etc. for holding or transporting something.
      6. base f. An object that can be used to hold or transport something.
      7. villains g. The lowest part or edge of something, especially the part on which it rests or is supported.

    Paragraph 2

      8. chief h. The person with the highest rank in an organization.
      9. switch i. Harmful or poisonous things in the environment (air, rivers, land, etc.).
      10. compostable j. Change.
      11. eager k. Of food that is recently made or obtained; not canned, frozen, or otherwise preserved.
      12. impact l. Able to break down and go back to nature when under earth.
      13. fresh m. Wanting to do or have something very much.
      14. pollution n. The effect or influence of one person, thing, or action, on another.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The maker of Pringles has improved the taste of its potato chips.     T / F
  2. Pringles potato chips come in containers that are cylindrical in shape.     T / F
  3. The BBC said many people have nightmares after eating Pringles.     T / F
  4. A recycling association called the Pringles container a "villain".     T / F
  5. Chefs at Pringles went to a drawing board to design a tubular chip.     T / F
  6. Pringles wants to use 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.     T / F
  7. The Pringles container helps to avoid food waste.     T / F
  8. The new Pringles container has a recyclable paper lid.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. maker
  2. recycle
  3. base
  4. separate
  5. villains
  6. move
  7. switch
  8. eager
  9. tasty
  10. lid
  1. top
  2. bottom
  3. action
  4. change
  5. manufacturer
  6. divide
  7. delicious
  8. wrongdoers
  9. keen
  10. reuse

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The potato chip maker Pringles has
  2. cylindrical
  3. the tube was almost impossible
  4. it was made up of
  5. impossible for people to separate and
  6. Chiefs at Pringles went back
  7. They spent 12 months
  8. reusable, recyclable or
  9. reduce our impact
  10. helps to reduce food
  1. designing a new tube
  2. multiple materials
  3. waste
  4. recycle the container
  5. on the planet
  6. improved its packaging
  7. compostable packaging
  8. container
  9. to the drawing board
  10. to recycle

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
bad
known
villains
nightmare
cylindrical
metal
almost
separate

The potato chip maker Pringles has improved its packaging. Pringles is well (1) _____________________ for its large, round, stacked crisps as well as for its (2) _____________________ container. However, the container has been criticised for being (3) _____________________ for the environment. A lot of the criticism was because the tube was (4) _____________________ impossible to recycle. The BBC news agency said the container was "a recycler's (5) _____________________". It might have looked simple but it was made up of multiple materials. It had a plastic cap, a (6) _____________________ base, an aluminium tear-off cover and a foil-lined cardboard tube. This all made it nearly impossible for people to (7) _____________________ and recycle the container. The Recycling Association called it one of the "(8) _____________________" of the recycling world.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
come
switch
tasty
part
board
add
waste
impact

Chiefs at Pringles went back to the drawing (9) _____________________ to make the packaging easier to recycle. They spent 12 months designing a new tube. This move was part of the company's promise to (10) _____________________ to 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the year 2025. A company spokesman said: "We are eager to play our (11) _____________________ and reduce our (12) _____________________ on the planet. And Pringles fans expect that of us too. So we've worked hard to (13) _____________________ up with this new can, which is widely recyclable and keeps our chips fresh and (14) _____________________ and protects them from breaking up – which helps to reduce food (15) _____________________." However, the new design still has a plastic lid. The Recycling Association said this would just (16) _____________________ to plastic pollution.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Pringles is well known for its large, round, ______
     a.  stocked crisps
     b.  stick crisps
     c.  strict crisps
     d.  stacked crisps
2)  The BBC news agency said the container was ______
     a.  a recycler's night my
     b.  a real cycler is a nightmare
     c.  aerial cycler's nightmare
     d.  a recycler's nightmare
3)  It had a plastic cap, a metal base, an aluminium ______
     a.  tear-off cover
     b.  tear-off covert
     c.  tear-off covet
     d.  tear-off cove
4)  This all made it nearly impossible for ______
     a.  people too separate
     b.  people two separate
     c.  people to separate
     d.  people tomb separate
5)  The Recycling Association called it one ______
     a.  off the "villain"
     b.  off the "billings"
     c.  oft the "bill inns"
     d.  of the "villains"

6)  Chiefs at Pringles went back to the drawing board to make the packaging ______
     a.  easy are to recycle
     b.  ease seer to recycle
     c.  easier to recycle
     d.  easier to less cycle
7)  They spent 12 months designing ______
     a.  a news tube
     b.  anew tube
     c.  a new tube
     d.  a knew tube
8)  This move was part of the company's promise to switch to 100 ______
     a.  per cent reuse able
     b.  per cent reusable
     c.  per cent reuse a ball
     d.  per cent tree use sable
9)  keeps our chips fresh and tasty and protects them ______
     a.  form break king up
     b.  from break in up
     c.  from breaking up
     d.  from bray king up
10)  However, the new design still has ______
     a.  a plastic lid
     b.  upper latex lid
     c.  app lass tick lid
     d.  a plaster lid

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The potato chip maker Pringles has (1) ____________________. Pringles is well known for its large, round, stacked crisps as well as (2) ____________________ container. However, the container has been criticised for being bad for the environment. A lot (3) ____________________ was because the tube was almost impossible to recycle. The BBC news agency said the container was "a recycler's nightmare". It might (4) ____________________ but it was made up of multiple materials. It had a plastic cap, a metal base, an aluminium tear-off (5) ____________________ foil-lined cardboard tube. This all made it nearly impossible for people to separate and recycle the container. The Recycling Association called it one of (6) ____________________ the recycling world.

Chiefs at Pringles went back to (7) ____________________ to make the packaging easier to recycle. They spent 12 months designing a new tube. This move was part of the company's (8) ____________________ to 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the year 2025. A company spokesman said: "We are (9) ____________________ our part and reduce our impact on the planet. And Pringles fans expect that of us too. So we've worked hard to (10) ____________________ this new can, which is widely recyclable and keeps our chips fresh and tasty and protects them from breaking up – which helps to (11) ____________________." However, the new design still has a plastic lid. The Recycling Association said this would just add (12) ____________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What has Pringles improved?
  2. What shape is the Pringles container?
  3. What did the BBC say the container was?
  4. What was the base of the Pringles container made from?
  5. What did a recycling association was the container was?
  6. Where did chiefs at Pringles go back to?
  7. How long did people spend designing a new tube?
  8. By when does Pringles want to be using 100% recyclable containers?
  9. What will the new container help to reduce?
  10. What will the lid on the new container add to?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What has Pringles improved?
a) its taste
b) its packaging
c) its image
d) the shape of its chips
2) What shape is the Pringles container?
a) rectangular
b) oval
c) circular
d) cylindrical
3) What did the BBC say the container was?
a) a recycler's dream
b) a daydream
c) a recycler's nightmare
d) a bad dream
4) What was the base of the Pringles container made from?
a) metal
b) aluminium
c) paper
d) plastic
5) What did a recycling association was the container was?
a) genius
b) a villain
c) a waste
d) amazing

6) Where did chiefs at Pringles go back to?
a) the drawing board
b) a potato field
c) the first Pringles factory
d) basics
7) How long did people spend designing a new tube?
a) a few months
b) 24/7
c) twelve months
d) not long
8) By when does Pringles want to be using 100% recyclable containers?
a) 2025
b) 2028
c) 2023
d) 2022
9) What will the new container help to reduce?
a) calories
b) pollution
c) the umber of chips inside
d) food waste
10) What will the lid on the new container add to?
a) the weight of the container
b) food waste
c) plastic pollution
d) the price of Pringles

Role play

Role  A – Potato Chips
You think potato chips are the best snack. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): raisins, popcorn or nuts.

Role  B – Raisins
You think raisins are the best snack. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): potato chips, popcorn or nuts.

Role  C – Popcorn
You think popcorn is the best snack. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): raisins, potato chips or nuts.

Role  D – Nuts
You think nuts are the best snack. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): raisins, popcorn or potato chips.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'chips'

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  • and 'tube'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • large
    • bad
    • almost
    • simple
    • cover
    • villains
    • board
    • 12
    • 100
    • 2025
    • hard
    • however




    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 - Pringles Packaging

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'recycle'?
    3. What do you think of Pringles?
    4. Are Pringles crisps or potato chips?
    5. What do you think of recycling?
    6. What do you think of the Pringles container?
    7. What do you think of packaging?
    8. Should all packaging be 100% recyclable?
    9. How good are you at recycling?
    10. What other recycling villains are there?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'potato chip'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Have you ever gone back to the drawing board?
    5. Should Pringles be in a tube, box or packet?
    6. How dangerous is plastic?
    7. Should we boycott products in non-recyclable packaging?
    8. What advice do you have for Pringles?
    9. Why are potato chips so popular?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Pringles CEO?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The potato chip maker Pringles has recycled (1) ____ packaging. Pringles is well known for its large, round, (2) ____ crisps as well as for its cylindrical container. However, the container has been criticised for being (3) ____ for the environment. A lot of the criticism was because the tube was almost impossible to recycle. The BBC news agency said the container was "a recycler's (4) ____". It might have looked simple but it was made up of multiple materials. It had a plastic (5) ____, a metal base, an aluminium tear-off cover and a foil-lined cardboard tube. This all made it nearly impossible for people to (6) ____ and recycle the container. The Recycling Association called it one of the "villains" of the recycling world.

    Chiefs at Pringles went back to the (7) ____ board to make the packaging easier to recycle. They spent 12 months designing a new tube. This move was part of the company's promise to (8) ____ to 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the year 2025. A company spokesman said: "We are (9) ____ to play our part and reduce our impact on the planet. And Pringles fans expect that of us too. So we've worked hard to come (10) ____ with this new can, which is widely recyclable and keeps our chips fresh and (11) ____ and protects them from breaking up – which helps to reduce food waste." However, the new design still has a plastic (12) ____. The Recycling Association said this would just add to plastic pollution.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     its     (b)     that     (c)     this     (d)     many    
    2. (a)     sticky     (b)     staked     (c)     stacked     (d)     stickered    
    3. (a)     poorly     (b)     unwell     (c)     bad     (d)     sick    
    4. (a)     insomnia     (b)     dreamy     (c)     daydream     (d)     nightmare    
    5. (a)     cap     (b)     hat     (c)     helmet     (d)     beret    
    6. (a)     chew     (b)     separate     (c)     blame     (d)     revise    
    7. (a)     sketching     (b)     graffiti     (c)     painting     (d)     drawing    
    8. (a)     mark     (b)     switch     (c)     message     (d)     recipe    
    9. (a)     cooking     (b)     crispy     (c)     eager     (d)     pleasant    
    10. (a)     as     (b)     in     (c)     down     (d)     up    
    11. (a)     taste     (b)     tasteless     (c)     tasted     (d)     tasty    
    12. (a)     bid     (b)     lid     (c)     vid     (d)     hid

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. the container has been ridetsciic
    2. bad for the eomrnnnveti
    3. a recycler's magnither
    4. made up of pueitmll materials
    5. terapsea and recycle the container
    6. the vilianls of the recycling world

    Paragraph 2

    1. back to the drawing dboar
    2. part of the company's orepism
    3. edrcue our impact on the planet
    4. Pringles fans etpcex that of us
    5. helps to reduce food astew
    6. add to plastic oltoipnlu

    Put the text back together

    (...)  or compostable packaging by the year 2025. A company spokesman said: "We are eager to
    (...)  design still has a plastic lid. The Recycling Association said this would just add to plastic pollution.
    (...)  play our part and reduce our impact on the planet. And Pringles fans expect that of us too. So we've worked
    (...)  months designing a new tube. This move was part of the company's promise to switch to 100 per cent reusable, recyclable
    (...)  hard to come up with this new can, which is widely recyclable and keeps our chips fresh
    (...)  simple but it was made up of multiple materials. It had a plastic cap, a metal base, an aluminium tear-off cover and a foil-lined
    (...)  being bad for the environment. A lot of the criticism was because the tube was almost impossible to
    (...)  Chiefs at Pringles went back to the drawing board to make the packaging easier to recycle. They spent 12
    (...)  cardboard tube. This all made it nearly impossible for people to separate and recycle the
    (...)  and tasty and protects them from breaking up – which helps to reduce food waste." However, the new
    1  ) The potato chip maker Pringles has improved its packaging. Pringles is well known for its large, round, stacked crisps as
    (...)  container. The Recycling Association called it one of the "villains" of the recycling world.
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    (...)  well as for its cylindrical container. However, the container has been criticised for

    Put the words in the right order

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    10. has   a   design   lid   .   new   The   plastic   still

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Chiefs at Pringles went back to the painting / drawing board to make the packaging easier to recycle. They spent 12 months design / designing a new tube. This move was part of / to the company's promise to switch to 100 per cent reusable, recyclable no / or compostable packaging by / of the year 2025. A company spokesman said: "We are eager to entertain / play our part and reduce our impart / impact on the planet. And Pringles fans expect that of us too. So we've worked hard to come / go up with this new can, which is widely recyclable and keeps our chips fresh and taste / tasty and protects them from breaking up – which helps to reduce food waste." However, the new design still has a plastic lid. The Recycling Association said this would just add / addition to plastic pollution.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the potato chip maker Pringles has improved its packaging pringles is well known for its large round stacked crisps as well as for its cylindrical container however the container has been criticised for being bad for the environment a lot of the criticism was because the tube was almost impossible to recycle the bbc news agency said the container was a recyclers nightmare it might have looked simple but it was made up of multiple materials it had a plastic cap a metal base an aluminium tearoff cover and a foillined cardboard tube this all made it nearly impossible for people to separate and recycle the container the recycling association called it one of the villains of the recycling world

    chiefs at pringles went back to the drawing board to make the packaging easier to recycle they spent 12 months designing a new tube this move was part of the companys promise to switch to 100 per cent reusable recyclable or compostable packaging by the year 2025 a company spokesman said we are eager to play our part and reduce our impact on the planet and pringles fans expect that of us too so weve 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 the recycling association said this would just add to plastic pollution

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    ThepotatochipmakerPringleshasimproveditspackaging.Pringlesisw
    ellknownforitslarge,round,stackedcrispsaswellasforitscylindricalco
    ntainer.However,thecontainerhasbeencriticisedforbeingbadforthee
    nvironment.Alotofthecriticismwasbecausethetubewasalmostimpos
    sibletorecycle.TheBBCnewsagencysaidthecontainerwas"arecycler's
    nightmare".Itmighthavelookedsimplebutitwasmadeupofmultiplem
    aterials.Ithadaplasticcap,ametalbase,analuminiumtear-offcovera
    ndafoil-linedcardboardtube.Thisallmadeitnearlyimpossibleforpeo
    pletoseparateandrecyclethecontainer.TheRecyclingAssociationcalle
    ditoneofthe"villains"oftherecyclingworld.ChiefsatPringleswentbackt
    othedrawingboardtomakethepackagingeasiertorecycle.Theyspent1
    2monthsdesigninganewtube.Thismovewaspartofthecompany'spro
    misetoswitchto100percentreusable,recyclableorcompostablepacka
    gingbytheyear2025.Acompanyspokesmansaid:"Weareeagertoplay
    ourpartandreduceourimpactontheplanet.AndPringlesfansexpecttha
    tofustoo.Sowe'veworkedhardtocomeupwiththisnewcan,whichiswid
    elyrecyclableandkeepsourchipsfreshandtastyandprotectsthemfrom
    breakingup–whichhelpstoreducefoodwaste."However,thenewdesi
    gnstillhasaplasticlid.TheRecyclingAssociationsaidthiswouldjustaddt
    oplasticpollution.

    Free writing

    Write about Pringles packaging for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All non-recyclable packaging should be banned. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. POTATO CHIPS: Make a poster about potato chips. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PACKAGING: Write a magazine article about banning all packaging that is not recyclable. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on potato chips. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make packaging better for the environment. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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