The 3 R’s: Not Created Equally

Posted: August 16, 2012 by ujiies in Week 4: Final Reflections

Review –my theme & Experience-

My PSP theme is 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. I decided to change the several day-to-day activities to consider environment.  I have accomplished,

Reduce

• Bring my shopping bags every time when I go to the grocery stores to reduce extra plastic/paper bags.
• Use a dish cloth to reduce paper towels when I cook.

 Reuse

• Sell old clothes, appliances, toys, and furniture in garage sales or store, or donate them to GoodWill.
• Use containers instead of plastic wrap when I keep foods.
• Bring my coffee mug to coffee shop.

Recycle
• Bring empty cans/bins to Fred Myer to recycle.
• Use recycled paper/materials.

I decided to try something easy and simple because it is easy to continue after class. The most important purpose of this project is to continue. That’s what “Sustainability” means. Through the past 3 weeks since I started my PSP, I actually enjoyed it a lot without any serious difficulties. Of course it was more time consuming to bring cans/bins to Fred Meyer instead of dumping the recycle bin at my apartment, or bring tons of clothes to Buffalo Exchange. However, I think everything paid off in terms of my economy and the environment.

The social and environmental effects of your change in action

3 R’s can contribute to the community and environment. According to Waste (2012), recycling can bring the significant benefit into the community in terms of economy. The website says, “Recycling employs low-, medium-, and highly-skilled workers in a variety of jobs—from materials handling and processing to high-quality product manufacturing. The drive for efficient handling and use of recycled materials spurs innovation, a key to long-term economic growth. Investments in recycling equipment and the companies themselves also filter through the economy and contribute to economic growth” (Waste, 2012). According to the textbook, reusing is more effective than recycle because it has no cost of reprocessing the wasted materials into new ones (Miller & Spoolman, 2011, P.416). Recycling and reusing will become reducing. Also, 3 R’s can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and air and water pollution. I can reduce the consumption of energy resources. 3 R’s can sustain the environment for the future.

3 R’s can save your money

I made some money through the PSP project.  Here is the assumption how much I could made from PSP.

Recycling cans/bins $1.5
Buffalo Exchange $65
Saving from coffee cup (25C * 8 days) $2
Total $68.5

The portion of sold clothes is big though, I could get about extra $70 bucks within 3 weeks! Woo hoo!

From now on – After class-

I am pretty comfortable to continue what I have accomplished this past 3 weeks after this class is done. It brings benefits not only to me but also to the environment. If I continue my 3 R’s list, it will have a positive impact on the earth, I hope. Also, I can inspire my friends/family to be more sustainable. In fact, my roommate was inspired from me and she got her ice-travel cup a couple days ago so now we both can bring the homemade smoothie to school! If many other people start doing the same things, it will create much bigger impact in the future. We can save energy sources and money. Reflecting my PSP project, I would love to continue this habit as a part of my life. In addition to my list, I want to try growing some herbs or vegetables at my apartment (Probably Basil sounds good!). It will be my new yummy sustainable project.

What I have learned

Week 1, I created the proposal. Week 2 I have accomplished,

• Use containers instead of plastic wrap when I keep foods.
• Bring my coffee mug to coffee shop.

• Bring empty cans/bins to Fred Myer to recycle.

Week 3, I tried the below in addition to the things from week 2.

• Bring my shopping bags every time when I go to the grocery stores to reduce extra plastic/paper bags.
• Use a dish cloth to reduce paper towels when I cook.

• Sell old clothes, appliances, toys, and furniture in garage sales or store, or donate them to GoodWill.

I continued the above list during week 4. I learned the benefits of 3 R’s in terms of economy, environment, socially, and individual-level.

Work Cited

Waste. 2012. http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/rmd/econ.htm

Miller, G. T., & Spoolman, S. E. (2010). Solid and Hazardous Waste. In G. T. Miller, & S. E. Spoolman, Environmental Science (pp. 404-406). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Images

Image 1: <http://thereimeramble.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/the-3-rs/&gt;

Image 2: <https://geo300summer.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/the_three_r__s_by_leahhimura24.png&gt;

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