Blog 5:

In-Store Greenery

The title “In-Store Greenery”, is a definable common sense title- the title explains what is going to be talked about in the article- it’s common sense. Nature has always had a positive and healing influence on humans and that statement has been around for ages since the study of environmental psychology. It has been stated that scenes featuring greenery are preferred over non-natural, artifact- dominated settings. Stores that have in-store vegetation- well alive flowers, or bouquets- are perceived as more pleasurable compared to sores without vegetation which results that nature has a stress-reducing or restorative potential for human beings. Especially for women, shopping is frequently perceived as a “stressful” activity, especially when we’re shopping alone, with a significant other, or when we just do not know what we are looking for, it can become stressful for us, so seeing flowers, bushes, or bouquets of flowers, trees and plant life, it instantly reduces that stress feeling in consumers.

TED Talk: Elora Hardy: Magical Houses, made of Bamboo

This is definitely a TED talk I would want to share with my friends, co-workers and possible employers about. I have never seen anything like this, especially a house. I mean we’ve all seen those nice, expensive houses in California made of you know brick and concrete and everything else that goes into a house, and we’ve seen houses made of stone, adobe, and wood- pueblo house, houses in Brazil are different than in China were the population over exceeds there’s, but have never ever seen this before! These are such stunning bamboo homes built by the cultivating creator, Ms. Elora Hardy and her team in Bali. I had no idea bamboo was such a strong resource of material, but only needs three people to carry it, so it’s also lighter than concrete or any other form. This talk was so beautiful, eye-opening, immersive and of the most immensely creative, while being sustainable. I will say that it does suck that as a whole, we have to learn and go through mistakes before we then come up with a solution that we could have come up with in the first place. It takes us humans to go through ocean spills, oil leaks, greenhouse gases, the sun getting hotter, landfills filling more and more with trash, trash in the ocean, plants and animals dying of not natural causes, to finally be like “oh my gosh, we really have to get our shit together.” “Maybe instead of us sticking with option A for so long, we should have gone with option Z- even though it could cost us more, but be more beneficial for us for years to come”. This talk was basically saying why not grow what we can use- I want to make a new door, I’m going to go outside and go pick and make my door. That is so cool to me. We really got to start thinking smarter and not harder and really prepare for the future for every choice we make that leads to a decision. THANK YOU ELORA HARDY!

Edible Spoons

I’m gonna be honest with you, I didn’t know how I felt about this. I eat my food and then I go ahead and eat my spoon…….(the added dots are in form of a weird facial expression and a dramatic pause). Yes, very sustainable and claps to the inventor for making it biodegradable and coming up with a creative solution on how to decrease landfills of cutlery in India’s landfills- maybe the United States will take part of this and catch on to an idea quickly to start reducing one of the major pollutions. But again, they were made overseas and I’m sure they are cheap over there, but once America adds an import tax, and then the state adds their little spice of something and then the states that sell them, then after all of that, they’ll probably be $10 when a pack of plastic cutlery from Dollar Tree is of course $1. Give credit when credit is due, the idea is genius and need more people to think outside of the box when it comes to being sustainable or at least wanting to try.

Biophilia

Biophilia is an affinity to love life or the living systems; urge to affiliate with other forms of life. It is an instinctive bond between humans and living systems.

Three forms of biophilic design are Dynamic & Diffuse Light, Refuge, and Mystery. The environment creates places that create a sensory of question that entices the individual to travel deeper into the environment, as well as a place for a withdrawal to be protected from behind and overhead, and the environment creates varying intensities of light and shadow that change over time to create conditions that occur in nature.

The benefits of biophilic design in merchandising is that it would reduce the need for money- no consumer concerns, it would increase supplier reliability, satisfy increasing stakeholder demands by producing products for conscious consumers, it would also reduce risk, identify new opportunities by implementing new markets for companies to go in, and it would ensure supply resiliency long-term by having long-term access to materials.

Sustainability Office Visit

The sustainability office visit was a little interesting. I guess since the whole DHM department is trying to incorporate sustainability in their teachings that most of the material is starting to get a little repetitive and annoying. I did not know we even had a sustainability office here on campus or even that OSU was the top tier university to lavish in some many areas of implementing sustainability.

I learned through behavior change OSU saved 35 million dollars in savings since 2007- so now, year 2016 from 2007, which is 9 years OSU has been not only using the idea of becoming a more sustainable campus, but actually putting it to action and carrying it on throughout the years. Behavior change helps in ways because the campus supervisors can then pinpoint which specific buildings need heating and cooling throughout the day, but specific time frames when there might not be any classes going on- it helps with deciding not to heat or to cool the entire building only specific ones and in which particular areas of those buildings that need it the most. So for example, there are some classrooms in classroom building that no one is in after 5:00, so when they pinpoint which classrooms on which levels on which side do not have class in session, they can decide, “oh, floors 2 and 3 do not have classes after 5:00, but floor 4 has tests being taken and the first floor on the left side has classes after 5:00”, they can cool those areas and turn off or turn heat on floors 2 and 3 and the right side of the first floor.

What stood out to me in the plant visit was first the smell of everything- didn’t know cardboard had such a strong smell of order. What stood out to me though was that people actually take the time, the patience, and the energy to sort through ALL of the cardboard people throw away and pack it to be reused, cleaned, shipped, and formed into other things. I definitely applaud those workers and give kudos to them because all of them flies that were flying around not only the cardboard, but around them, I could not do. I would constantly be itching myself and trying to fight all them insects- so good for them. I didn’t know that in just one-month people throw away about 120,000 POUNDS of cardboard and of course it has to be taken to other sites and those other manufacturers actually buy this stuff to then again sell to someone else.

Being a very realistic person, I just feel that not everybody will be on the same page with recycling, or thus even reusing. Can our society, our America be actually a “recyclable” nation- like when I say “everything”, I mean everything to be reused, reduced, and recycled. I don’t know, sounds kind of gross. But, back to the question. I know that just in my life, I can definitely incorporate reDUCING. Reducing the amount of clothes I throw away, reducing the amount of stuff I buy, reducing the amount of clothes bags I use when I could buy a recyclable hard bag.

The sketch is apart of my groups reflection on when we passed by working goats. The sign had said “do NOT feed goats, working in progress.”

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Take Away

Takeaway’s I’ve learned is that in order to be efficient human beings, it is beneficial to start at Reducing rather than reusing and recycling. Reducing is a way to start smaller to create the impact you can make on the environment to make an even bigger change. Reducing impacts the most significant change while recycling should be the last step because it involves you to make and create energy. It isn’t as beneficial as the first two options- reducing and reusing. It also involves the process of cleaning the recycled material, sorting it, transporting, and then shredding it into little pellets to be made into something else.

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