During this project, we chose a product in the beginning of the project, with mine being Skittles.
In humanities, we have evaluated the sustainability of a situation or product by using the three lenses, environment, economy, and equity and their impacts. Sustainability, unlike how I thought before, is a lot more than just about the environment. The economy and equity aspects are also worth considering, as it surprisingly changes the viewpoint of how sustainable the item or situation is. As well as evaluating the sustainability of something, we also wrote many narratives, following the life of inanimate objects. I also learned many surprising pieces of information, like how most companies realistically treated their workers. Following that, our class discussed the topic of consumerism and capitalism and source credibility when researching.
In science, we learned about the molecular structures of our product’s packaging and other things, as well as about simple and complex molecules. We also learned about how different materials and substances functioned when interacting with each other, therefore usually creating chemical changes, and much more.
The hardest part I found in this project was researching. Due to maintaining privacy, companies like to keep their information discreet, my answers, unfortunately, were vague, as I had to search on a broader level.
After this entire project, I have made the decision that sustainable choices are crucial. With the current rate of trash being produced, apocalyptic changes could be made to our environment, detrimental health issues and other problematic dangers could emerge, all to happen not long into the future. The problems are already starting to appear: pollution, animals deaths due to consumption of litter, human deaths because of pollution, ocean gyres, resource scarcity, global warming, climate change, etc. This led me to realize that if we don’t take action now, it will be too late. Making sustainable choices now can impact the future in a good way and give our future generations peace.
Below is a video I have created for the project.