The Importance Of Waste Diary Assignment

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Overall, I feel that waste diary assignment was a great way to look at the items we throw away daily. It has opened my eyes to many of my good and bad waste practices and how they depend on my location. Few of the common things that I threw away were paper towels, paper plates, water bottles at one point, and the packaging for my frozen meals. When addressing the paper products, I feel that I did not like more often difficult to being at my apartment where I did not have a dishwasher as I have at home. Therefore, I was too lazy to wash my dishes let alone buy them for my apartment, especially since I do not eat much when I am at school (two meals a day maximum). Furthermore, I felt that cleanliness also played a factor because my apartment …show more content…
Hence, all my paper towels that I wasted, which are commonly used as napkins or to dry my hands. I feel that this quote in chapter four of Waste and Want that states, “Cleanliness was a major selling point in paper products and the idea of (technological obsolescence) came into play as part of new ethics of disposability,” really sums up how society and I feels about the use of disposable paper products. These products have planned obsolescence raging through them since when they become wet it is practically impossible to reuse them again or you will be compromising integrity of the product and sanitation (due to the possibility of wiping up something deemed as dirty). Therefore, you have to always buy more. I wasted so many paper towels over the course of my waste diary but overlooked analyzing it until writing this piece. For some reason, I believe that this was not a problem. Now that I understand how much paper towels that produce (provided) I plan to switch over to rags that can use to wipe my hands after I wash them or eat …show more content…
I feel that this relates to the topic of market. I felt that while the advertisements missed what led me in cause on my waste reduction. Drinking water has become dangerously polluted with industrial wastes, detergents, etc. (p.193 Waste Makers), which has made water bottle makers be able to market this concept. For example, water bottles are advertised as pure and clean. However, this is a lie as we found out that that’s always been what about companies need to do is get the water from any aquifer, which allows them to deem the water as spring (clean) water. Another issue is pollution they are doing while in our landfills since only 11 percent of plastic bottles ("Satin 's resin”) were recycled in 2002, and probably much worse now. (Garbage Land). For these reasons, I should completely stop using water bottles altogether and get a reusable water bottle with a filter. However, is hard to break a habit of many years and I have seen some improvement from keeping a waste

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