Thursday, February 19, 2015

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost!

As consumers on this planet, inevitably we produce a great deal of waste. This waste, however, is broken down into two different categories: organic or inorganic. Organic waste refers to items that are biodegradable and break down through nature's decomposing cycle. Fruits, vegetables, eggshells, leaves, paper, tea bags among many others are all considered organic waste that with time, will break down and their nutrients will be put back into the earth by different organisms. On the other hand, inorganic waste acts much differently. Inorganic waste refers to plastics, styrofoam, glass, metals as well as synthetic chemicals that do not naturally break down within a reasonable time frame. Although these wastes are exponentially different, a lot of the time they are treated the same way by being thrown away into the closes trash can, taken from the curb and stuffed into a landfill. The question that arises here is, why throw away waste that has a much greater value and will actually benefit us? What I'm talking about here is taking organic waste and instead of putting it in a trash, how about we compost it!    


What is compost you might ask and why is it important? Well, compost is the result of  micro-organisms and organism  working together in order to break down organic material and turn it into a dark, rich, moist matter that is high in vital nutrients for plants and soil. According to an article from Cornell University, "composting provides a way of not only reducing the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of, but also of converting it into a product that is useful for gardening, landscaping or house plants". What this means is that by composting organic matter such as lawn clippings or scraps from the kitchen, individuals are able to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills and waterways by creating a nutrient rich product in which people can fertilize their gardens and household plants. To boil it all down, it's basically the earth's way of recycling natural material. 

Disciplines
Epistemology
Perspective
Illuminated
Ecology
Relationship of organisms to one another as well as their physical surroundings.
How composting has a positive effect on the environment, especially soil and the plants that grow from it.
Composting creates nutrient rich matter that fertilizes soil and kills the need for using synthetic fertilizers.
Earth Science
Focuses on the planet earth and all the natural systems contained in it that interact as well as influence each other.
By choosing to compost waste instead of throwing it in the trash, it creates multiple yields for the individual and planet.
Reduces amount of waste put into landfills on the individual level as well as providing a space for organisms to flourish and help break down waste.
Sociology
Scientific study of social behavior which focuses on the relationship of people within different societies.
Understanding the need to compost within groups of people who then go forth to educate their fellow neighbor on how to change their waste patterns.
Creating an educational web within a community that shares knowledge and supports the movement to compost and create a more sustainable future overall.
History
Viewing past events through a present lens that deepens our understanding of patterns and trends that have occurred throughout time.
Looking at our past as well as present actions of dealing with waste and learning from our mistakes in order to not continue down the same path.
Understanding the need for change and embracing it on the individual level as well as educating people about the real tragedies we have imposed on the environment as a species.


To learn more about composting and how you can start your own compost, check out HowToCompost.org ! 

1 comment:

  1. What a professional post! You have a really fun bloggy kind of voice, but the work is high-quality and smart, and so that's a nice combo: engaging and substantive! We will be working on teasing out the differences between an epistemology and a definition in class, but the chart looks good overall!

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