This week in sustainability was very interesting because we strengthened our skills even more on the topics of biomimicry and industrial ecology. We focused on closing loops in our everyday life. One conversation I really remember is talking about composting lettuce. Recycling and being more sustainable is all about closing the loops and being able to reuse everything. As I sit here in my kitchen and look around I began to think.. How can I close the loops around the house. The first one I think about is how much I am wasting in cooling my house. It’s a beautiful day outside so I imminently get up and switch the A/C off and open the doors and windows (saving money and energy) go me! The next one I think about is the dirty dishes in the sink I get distracted once again from the blog and go load my dishwasher yes I use a dishwasher because they save soap and actually water because my dishes hadn’t been soaking before. (I like to think a dishwasher is better than hand washing–because I’m a little lazy) Next, I check the trash I separate the recyclables from the trash and put them in a separate bin. (I have good intensions to take them to the recycling center, because I got lazy last week and just tossed them into the trash) I am learning about changing my everyday life one step at a time!
Next, in class we watched a TED Talk from the amazingly creative minded Michael Pawlyn. One line that stood out to me in the TED Talk is when he said “If we could learn to make things and do things the way nature does, we could achieve factor 10, factor 100, maybe even factor 1,000 savings in resource and energy use.” I think this is so inspiring to our generation. I think we need to start watching nature. I need to become more like nature. I will began to think more creatively. We also had a reading this week by Benyus, I found it very confusing I had trouble staying focused. The three things I found related to my life was using waste a resources, using materials sparingly and lastly adapting to changing conditions. I use try and use these everyday in life. I really wish they could use the waste as a resource in New York because like I said in the last blog it was stacked high on the streets. I always try and use the last of my groceries everyday to save money and resources. And lastly I am always adapting to changes in the world but I often struggle with this one. I really like the ideas that Benyus had.
Each class member this week had to get up and teach a lesson. I don’t prefer this style of learning because it was very rushed and we didn’t get through all the groups. My group talked about the reading and vodka potatoes it was interesting.
My current t recycle/reuse/energy/waste/buying related practice’s include recycling trash and reusing cups and doing less laundry to save energy. I am not very good with waste because I waste products everyday I need to work on saving things. I try and buy energy efficient light bulbs and other things.
My favorite life principle is being locally attuned and responsive. I enjoy shopping locally and checking out my local farmers market. I like to see what is in town. I enjoy supporting my local businesses because I normally know the business owners personally in my hometown.
We also learned about C2C which stands for cradle to cradle. Cradle to cradle is a concept that requires new designs of products and systems to view materials as nutrients. I like this concept. I think it is important for students and people to learn to reuse and put stuff back into the ground. I have always thought of the cemetery as the biggest waste of space. I like the idea of the TED Talk we watched previously in class. The activity was interesting I learned all about cradle to cradle this week in class.
I really enjoyed class this week. I am going to start working on applying all these concepts to my everyday life.