What sounds like such a simple idea can become so complex that the human body becomes overwhelmed, therefore shutting down and turning into unproductive mush. Well mainly, that describes me when I feel as though I have failed to do the job, either sustainably, scholastically, or in the workplace. And whether it is human nature or the earth’s nature, I feel this is the case. When the world becomes too overwhelmed, someday it will eventually “give up” or “shut down” and not produce what human life must have in order to sustain life. As a global family, we must find a way to make waste into food, no matter how drastic. This shift is essential to the longevity of a healthy, happy globe and a way to pursue true nourishment to the human body.
Before this class, when I would first think of the word “waste” I would think…. Ew. But then again, waste can be termed in a lot of different settings. Bodily waste, toxic waste, general trash waste, etc. This course and reading have definitely helped me understand how important waste can be in the cradle to cradle process. I find it interesting that the reading, “Waste Equals Food” mentions the world having two kinds of material flows – biological and technical nutrients – yet both are ignored in today’s world because of the industrial infrastructure we have created. But how do we simply change our ways back to living like the nomads did years and years ago? Is it reasonable or realistic to ask the human race to get rid of the excess and leave only biological wastes from tools, lifestyle products, etc? This might be a stretch, but luckily there are some things I feel that we can accomplish as a whole. Longer use is a main topic I think we can address and conquer. I think buying better products is in all of our interest. Also, generally less waste can be accomplished through a simple recycling program. Although this is no end-all, it is definitely a good place to start. And finally, I think we can accomplish clean living. I don’t mean this as a health conscious idea by food, but by living quarters.
My epiphany this week came during the Lola show, although it also reiterated what the reading mentioned. When Mary mentioned the architect who built after the surroundings of the area, and showed the facts to back up such a project, I realize that a natural, less-waste, more natural waste process, is attainable and realistic. Although each region, continent and country might go about their waste issues differently, the process will still be as authentic as possible. With buildings using what the earth has given them and make sure to stay focused on mimicking nature itself, we can’t fail. Nature knows best. And if we follow nature’s lead, we are bound to excel. With buildings mimicking termites, or even gophers, we will gain knowledge that if we didn’t know otherwise, would be hurting us. The relevance is how adaptable this could be in the interior design world in a short amount of time. Although current buildings would have to be revamped, new buildings could make little or no negative impact to the world around it. I believe at some point, our buildings could even HELP the environment; not only breaking even with waste, but producing something that advances natural waste and produces better, cleaner environments for the future. All it takes is practice and that first step. That’s the useful thing about this topic of “Waste Equals Food”; it can start now. There doesn’t have to be some long, drawn out process or even an agency to go threw. It can be as small scale or large scale as the world wants and can still leave room for creativity! Knowing what I know now, I would like to expand upon the reading and maybe Mary’s topic as well. Comparing the article with her topic and see if any more buildings have used nature as inspiration and/or have used a “waste equals food” idea.