Monthly Archives: April 2021

  1. Do Recycling Programs Really Work?

    Reduce, reuse, recycle, and repeat. Reduce, reuse, recycle is a mantra commonly taught to children to remind them to put these words into action. While the first two R's of this trio (reduce and reuse) can be completed entirely by an individual, recycling requires the reliance on another party. Additionally, it forces us to ask ourselves if these recycling programs genuinely make a difference regarding the environment. That being said, preserving, protecting, and healing our environment has been at the forefront of everybody's mind—causing a ripple of reactions to prove or disprove if recycling works. However, this over-concentration on recycling (of the three R's) is the precise reason it is failing in the United States.

    The United States, unlike many other countries, has not implemented a federal recycling program. "Given the absence of a federal recycling law, state and local governments are responsible for their own requirements and have taken various actions to address r

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  2. Be a Friend to Our Mother Earth: The Package is Important

    Corporate America Today

    We live in a country fueled by commerce, one that thrives off of buying and re-buying and so on. Everything we buy comes in a package, and most of the time that package is made of plastic and sometimes even wrapped in plastic sheets. All of this factors into our bulging waste production. It is no secret in the year 2021 that the global waste production is off the charts and that Americans, who only account for about 4% of the world’s population, produce about 12% of the world’s waste.

    This comes as no surprise when one thinks about the capitalist society we live in and dominate. Everything revolves around sales, which now unfortunately is mostly done online. Thanks to the outbreak of COVID-19 online shopping has skyrocketed around the world. This means more bubble wrap, more plastic sheets, more packaging.

    Going Green: A response to 19

    This past year, 2020, was a wake-up call in many ways for individuals, our
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  3. Ways to Reduce Packaging

    The most noteworthy idea was the conceptual thought, what each and every individual does matters and that hit extremely hard. Particularly, what I do has a substantial impact on my surroundings along with others around me. Self-evaluation took effect and influences my actions today the more I look at it. I’ve become more conscientious and braver in everything I do. Keeping in mind my impact and the impact as a whole on surrounding agriculture and individuals. Through this I’ve developed the desire to do good and maintain sustainability.

    I yearn to increase my knowledge about the local food systems. Changing my own foodways, and possibly influencing others to follow my path. My choices will account for the surrounding environment, acknowledging that my actions have an impact. Also, taking into consideration that the environment isn’t everlasting and treating it with respect because previously I haven’t done so. I desire to help neighboring agriculture flourish and hopefully the peo

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  4. The Benefits of Using Sustainable Packaging for Businesses

    Everyone uses packaging, from single individuals to large corporations. Since most packaging is not currently sustainable, this has led to packaging waste in landfills and the ocean. Companies need to adopt sustainable packaging. Sustainable packaging can help a business and the environment at the same time. Sustainable packaging does not just mean recyclable packaging. In fact, most recyclable packaging is not even recycled (Berg). Sustainable packaging involves reusing packaging and designing efficient packaging. It can reduce a company’s carbon footprint, minimize their waste, and even save them money. Companies should feel an incentive to use sustainable packaging.

    Most people have heard the phrase ‘reducing your carbon footprint.’ But how can a business do this? Sustainable packaging can reduce a business’s carbon footprint in several ways. First, sustainable packaging involves using material efficiently, resulting in lightweight packaging. This requires less fuel transpo

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  5. Consumer Speaks

    To answer the question “why should more companies adopt more environmentally friendly packaging,” I conducted an experiment where I showed randomly selected people two images of packaging – one environmentally friendly and one traditional - then asked them which one they preferred and why.

    Traditional Packaging

    Of the fifty people I talked to, the overwhelming majority, 80% or 40 people chose the eco-friendly packaging – a clear winner. They gave me seven reasons for their choice – here’s what they said:
    1) It reduces the carbon footprint:
    • “Makes me feel that I am doing something positive to deal with the pollution of the environment.”
    • “When plastic goes into landfills it releases emissions that further contributes to climate change.”
    • “I’m concerned about the deforestation that is contributing to the carbon production in the environment increasing the climate change problem. I am happy when companies reduce the amount of their packaging.”

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  6. Put Some Good in the World

    Anytime I leave the house to run errands and go shopping, a consistent part of my routine is checking the trunk of my car. Ever since I can remember, part of my family’s routine when leaving the house to go shopping is to check the car’s trunk to ensure we have our reusable bags with us, ready to be used. Ever since I can remember, my parents have been trying to be as environmentally friendly of a family as possible, whether it be using reusable bags, composting, having their own vegetable gardens, or buying utensils that can be reused instead of one time use products that will be thrown away. Their view of being as eco-friendly as possible has passed on to me, and ever since I actively make my own decisions and choices, I try my best to do my part to reduce the negative impact I put on this world and it’s resources because I strongly believe that every individual person should take small actions to make a positive mark on our world.

    That positive mark every individual can m

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  7. Pollutants in Our Waterways

    In today’s society, marine pollution is a significant problem. Our oceans are being overwhelmed with an abundance of garbage and chemicals, which is not only concerning for our health but also for the animals that live in that environment. While looking at the chemical aspect of the pollution of our oceans, it comes primarily from human activities and the chemicals being put in our waterways. All these chemicals overfilling the ocean will create a gross amount of algal blooms; a growth of algae on the surface of the water. Algal blooms produce extremely dangerous toxins that can sicken or kill people and animals. The more chemicals going in the ocean will produce a gross amount of toxins, undoubtedly harming creatures inside and outside of the waters.

    Now, how do we reduce packaging waste in the world’s oceans? As the pandemic continues, there has been a noticeable difference in our waterways. Not nearly as much pollution or an invasion of chemicals has been occurring and it

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