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Back in the “Loop”

February 25, 2009

Okay, going back to the core of the experiment…here is a better idea (maybe?)

Final Result: A proposal plan of how an individual can create/manage more environmentally efficient (I will have to better define “efficient). I’m not sure how to word this exactly. I should better define “individual too”. Perhaps this is part I (individual) of part II (a family plan). From the research I am doing, I can propose a plan of how to run a more sustainable household. There could be chapters of exploration like (1) how to compost, (2) reducing plastic waste, (3) recycling system, (4) lots of possibilities. Going off the concept that ideally trash output = zero in a home. Should I get into energy conservation (of lights, power, and water)? My project is more about the product consumerism mentality and how to change that. Hm… how do you make a project whose goal is to change a mental state and philosophy?

Physical Results:

+ A book? A guide? A manual?

+ A movie? (not sure how I would do this)

+ Proposed floor plans explaining how systems could be integrated into a home (for recycling, compost, etc)

+ More ideas to come…

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. johannes permalink
    February 28, 2009 17:53

    hejhej 🙂
    besides a fancy presentation and whatever the professors that grade you would like to see/hear *g*, I’d suggest some sort of manual. I guess that is what is most likely to make people change their behaviour, since one can choose which of the propositions in the manual one would like to follow and you can always look up recycling tips (or whatever) when you feel like being more sustainable later. I don’t believe it’s necessary to make a distinction between the individula/family. You tell ppl how they can be more environmentally efficient on an individual basis and how you can implement it in their household (no matter how many people live in that household)
    Maybe it’s not such a good idea to cover energy conservation/saving. First of all it’s i huge topic and there’s not much possibility to get anything close to a closed loop for a standard household if you take water/electricity consumption into account. What’s more there’ll be tradeoffs that are difficult to judge (e.g. energy saving bulbs are “worse” waste but less CO2 is blown out into the atmosphere) and why would you want to save water, when water is no waste and the stuff you flush down the toilet should be bio-degradeable 😉

  2. johannes permalink
    February 28, 2009 17:55

    hmpf, why can’t i edit my comment to get rid of the mistakes. :-/

  3. March 1, 2009 12:45

    Check this precycling shop http://www.beunpackaged.com/ reduces the need of recycling if there isn’t that much package. And probably, especially those soft plastics that you found out are problematic.

    • krystalpersaud permalink
      March 1, 2009 15:24

      Taneli >> Yeah! I have seen this website. What they are doing is so great. I will post it under the “LINKS” page.

      Quoted from the website:

      ” Reduce by only buying what you need
      Reuse by bringing your containers for a refill
      Recycle what you can’t reuse

      And… if you can’t reuse or recycle it then don’t buy it! ”

      Definitely something I learned quickly from the experiment.

  4. krystalpersaud permalink
    March 1, 2009 15:40

    Johannes >> To answer your question “why would you want to save water, when water is no waste and the stuff you flush down the toilet should be bio-degradeable?”… yes, water is a natural resource and although it can be recycled, it costs energy (and time and money)! There are a lot of cool grey-water recycling products out there that uses water as much as possible before sending it through the recycling process again. For example, look at product like this >> http://www.andybaird.com/maine/toilet_sink.jpeg. Instead of using fresh water in a toilet bowl(which had to be recycled and filtered, but for what reason? excluding pets, it does not need to be so pure and drinkable in this case) this product re-uses the water from a sink. So it saves the energy it would have taken to recycle both sink water and toilet water.

  5. Akshay permalink
    March 25, 2009 10:48

    how about a flash film/website…. accessible on phones or a downloadable application. Something like a ready reckoner… can be tied in with commercial services to make it more commercially viable..

  6. March 26, 2009 08:50

    Ashkay >> Definitely. Something more commercial is in the works. I think I will start off on youtube you and see how it goes.. thanks for the great ideas! Keep ’em coming.

  7. Anders M permalink
    March 26, 2009 22:28

    Interesting project!

    On changing minds and behavior, and how to do it:

    * The book ‘Nudge’ by Thaler and Sunstein (with loads of references)
    * http://architectures.danlockton.co.uk/

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