Blog #3

Biomimicry is a big part of sustainability and being able to make things that we use every day more sustainable. This is a concept that we talked about again this week during both of our class periods and I know that we will talk about more in future classes. A video that I found memorable that we watched this week was the How Good video. This was a video that was about an idea that involved items having labels on them so that customers would be able to see and know what items were good, great, or the best. These ratings would be based on things such as contents, how the product was made, how much it costed, and other things that made up the product. I find this interesting because it’s an idea that I never heard of and so many people have problems with having so many options that this would be a helpful decision making idea.
One of tenets that I found most interesting in the reading “Closing The Loops in Commerce: Running a Business like a Redwood Forest” was to be able to optimize rather than maximize. This is important because if we are able to find ways to get the most out of our products instead of just using want we want then we will be able to get more out of what we have. Doing this could result in saving money, which being a college student I always want to do, and also be better for the environment. I feel that this could go hand in hand with C2C. C2C means cradle to cradle which means when a product is designed it is designed to function in a way that it can be broken down at the end and be reused in a different, maybe new, way. If you could find a way to reuse products after you get your use out of them instead of putting it straight in the trash, then you would be getting the most that you can out of it.
Another one of the tenets that stood out to me was to shop locally. Shopping locally can help the businesses around you to grow and in turn helps to keep them running and keep you involved in your community. This stood out to me because lots of places do farmers markets, including Stillwater, where people from close places will bring produce that they themselves have grown and then sell. These products are usually the freshest that you can find, so not only do they have the best flavors but they also are locally grown instead of having to be shipped from somewhere else. Using waste as a resource is another tenet that we read about this week. I think that we produce too much waste and it’s not getting any smaller as time goes on. This is unhealthy for us and also for the world around us. If waste was made into a resource, then when we were done with it it wouldn’t just sit unused but instead be able to be reused again and again.
The way that I practice sustainability in the way that I live now is by recycling. Recycling is something that my parents have always done so I was raised doing it. When I came to college that was something that I stopped doing as much as I should until I moved into my own house. Now I bought a separated trash can so that my roommates and I cannot just throw everything away but also recycle the things that need to be recycled. By doing this we don’t go through as many trash bags and the trash can doesn’t fill up as quickly. Most of the bigger items that took up most of the space in the trash now gets put in the recycling because they typically are the bigger items. This is also the life principle that I like the most, to be resource efficient. I think that I like this one the most because I can relate to it the most and I can notice that it is something that I practice in my own life.

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