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Using Research and Data to Protect and Ensure Safety With The Use Of Everyday Consumer Products

Assignment directed by Ethan Whale, Oakland Community College, based of the internet source and mobile application, "Good Guide", created by Dara O'Rourke, Good Guide Inc.


The learning assignment will enable students to become familiar with how to rate consumer products and make better choices to improve environmental health, personal health, and impacts on the community.

Learning Goals

After completing this assignment, your knowledge on safe consumer products and more importantly, renewable and sustainable products will have heightened, if completed correctly.

Engages students in civil discourse/ communications that lead to more effective decisions
Catalyzes collective actions

It advances students awareness of sustainability issues and potential solutions.
Encourage self-reflection and personal development of their voice for solving societal challenges
Promote creative visioning around sustainable futures

All higher-order thinking skills are involved.

Context for Use

This assignment is directed to those in high school and higher education but could be adapted to other ages.

Description and Teaching Materials

1. Go to the home page for Good Guide ( Click on and view the video introduction. Then click on "Your Personal Filter" to create a shopping cart made up of personal standards to filter out what kind of products will pass and fail your standards.
2. Find 3 products that you now use and analyze it by using the barcode scanner offered on the mobile application. (Apple and Android products)
3. Next, look through the category that your product is in and find the health, environment and society ratings. (if your product isn't there, find the best alternative product in the category that is available locally)
4. After completing the rating of each product, type up your new and improved shopping list.
5. Decide whether or not you will be using these new products and explain why or why not.
6. Finally, write a short description (3-5 sentences) on each product explaining why it is better than your current product.

Teaching Notes and Tips

View site before handing out assignment, watch the "about us" video that explains all the uses of the site and mobile application. Show video to class prior to handing out assignment and answer any possible questions.


Review assignments and look for clear and honest answers and opinions on why students would or would not purchase new products compared to their usual product choice.

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