Overview and Reflection:
For Project Consume, we were tasked with answering the driving question: “What is the relationship between consumption and sustainability?“. We each picked a plastic product to research about, and I chose a bag of Doritos. Over the weeks, I researched everything about it, from the oil it was made from, to the way it was transported, and use my research to understand the impact of our consumption. With this knowledge, I made a video intended to inform the people at ISB of the impacts of our consumption habits, and have answered my driving question. The most important thing I wanted people to take away from my video, was that we are directly causing harm to our planet, which I think I succeeded at. When I interviewed the 1st graders they said that they were shocked by the impact our consumption had on wildlife and also said they would buy less unnecessary things. However, one thing I would do differently next time is to talk more about the broader idea of consumption as most 1st graders took the video’s message to be “Don’t buy phones”, instead of “Don’t buy things you don’t need”.
What is the relationship between consumption and sustainability?
Some interesting things I learned about are how our consumption habits promote harmful competition, how detrimental plastic’s effects on the planet are, and most importantly, how to influence others to do better. For example, consumerism forces companies to find the cheapest way to manufacture and transport their products to us, however, these methods are almost always incredibly harmful to us, wildlife, or the environment. So our consumption directly impacts the sustainability of our planet, because we cannot continue to harm it forever, eventually, we will cross the threshold and destroy our world.
How can we make a sustainable change?
How we could solve all this, is by reducing our contribution to the market and minimalizing our consumption of unnecessary products. We could reuse our old items for as long as we can, repurpose our garbage, but most preferably, consume less, because no matter how much we reuse or repurpose, eventually, it’ll end up in a landfill or ocean. Reducing our waste will make sure our future generations won’t have to pick up after us and deal with the mess that we made, so it should be our priority as citizens of this planet.