Overview of the project
During this project, we learned about different types of plastic and how it affects the three pillars of sustainability, environment, society, and economy. We all picked a consumable product single-use plastic and researched about it, mainly about the type of plastic is used. Also, we learned about how is plastic made, and the impact on the three pillars of sustainability of oil extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal. For our final project, we made a video that shows the relationship between consumption and sustainability.
Some important facts that people take away after this project was single-use plastic are really bad and we shouldn’t use it that much as we are using now. Many people were surprised about how plastic was made and the impact on people’s bodies of the chemicals that making plastic can produce. I am pretty capable of changing people minds about single-use plastic after they would watch my video. I used a pretty unique way to tell them to refuse single-use plastic. After people would watch my video, I think they would know the hidden cost behind producing plastic and the damage of plastic to our environment, society, and economy, I would try to shorten my video on parts because, in the middle part of my video, it seems to turn a bit boring to people.
Reflection on the driving questions
One thing that I found surprising was how related was consumption to sustainability. Which made me think what you consume can highly affect the sustainability of this product. For example, the packaging choices of the company of your product can relate to sustainability also. Because of the point that plastic is now not sustainable, so if you are consuming a product that has a plastic packaging, then you are not only affecting the environment, you are also affecting the society and the economy of our own country. Plastic is not sustainable because it uses oil and oil is not going to be sustainable by the consumption of plastic now. that means that after generations, people or humans can’t have this resources to use anymore. Also, before this project, I didn’t have a clear idea of what plastic can do to the three lends of sustainability, the environment, society, and the economy, now I knew that plastic has a huge impact of it. For example: when the plastic is thrown into the ocean, the plastic never decomposes it, it only breaks down to smaller pieces, and if fishes eat it and we eat fishes, that is somehow equal to we are eating plastic that we hade used before. and that point relates to society and the environment because humans and animals all get affected. And on the economy side, the oil extraction of the plastic system can highly affect the economy, examples as of how often the oil extraction factories would happen oil spills. The government would have to coat a lot of money for people who die and rebuild the oil extraction oil rig, and oil spills can highly affect the environment too, the oil would float on the surface of the ocean, forever. The three lends of sustainability are tied together, and all lend impact us! Looking back to project consume, I realize that sustainability is highly connected to consuming, and every single question that the world has started with us. Now I would think more about using plastic because I learned about the hidden cost and the three lends of sustainability.