“Zero waste” originated as an industrial concept that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused (for example: no trash would be created in the production of a car, and when the car’s lifetime is over, all of the parts are separated and reused, with no waste). It is meant to mimic how resources are used in nature. Today, the “zero waste lifestyle” has emerged as many individuals and communities attempt to live packaging-free, plastic-free, and minimalist. In this class, we will tailor the principles of ZW to fit the needs and limitations of the average college student. We will begin with how trash came about, cradle-to-cradle design, and an in-depth look at modern production and consumption. Aside from learning how a person (or a company, a city, or an industry) goes about reducing their waste production, the curriculum contains a variety of both fun and educational topics. These include the science of landfills, the industrialization of modern food, environmental economics, minimalism and aesthetics, climate change & politics, and more.
For a grade, there will be short, mandatory weekly readings (article length, or videos less than 10 minutes), a simple final exam, and attendance & participation will be graded.
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