Daily Archives: December 3, 2017

Greenwashing

Prompt: Go into your local supermarket that sells not only food, but household products, clothing etc. Attempt to find the section for “natural” or “organic” products around the store and identify them. Study the ingredients, purpose, and manufacturing of the products and formulate whether they are actually helpful and green towards the environment or are simply following a trend to sell to consumers.

Answer: I have noticed a trend among several food products that attempt to gear themselves towards consumers attempting to lead a healthier lifestyle. These products claim to be natural and promote well-being, but are often loaded with sugar or ingredients that are meant to appear healthy but in fact are just as unhealthy as refined sugar or processed ingredients. This makes me angry as a consumer who is seeing companies take advantage of consumers that are attempting to be healthy and improve their lives. Those who do not know better are paying more to hurt their bodies further. This is the most frightening form of greenwashing I have discovered, since it directly affects our health and bodies.

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Greenwashing Post Prompt

After reading the course slides on Greenwashing, I come up with this question. Is being Green too much and does it hinder us?I thought of this question because the slides on having a “green” life so too say really stuck out to me. Being green is great, you eat healthy-organic foods, and also buy organic products. But can this be too much?

I thought of this question because of someone that I know. Somebody I know, who is a mom, buys EVERYTHING either organic or “green” so to speak for her baby. Not too mention she is a vegetarian so everything she eats, her baby eats too. Now nothing is wrong with being a vegetarian and buying everything organic, but in a way it can be too much. This woman is also under the impression that just because something is “organic” makes it the best thing in the world and that she has to buy it because it is the absolute best thing for her baby. Yes, in a way buying green can be beneficial for us, but we have to look at other options as well. I recently did a post prompt on the difference between buying “organic” Honest Company Diapers vs. Luvs Diapers. The results were shocking and there was absolutely no difference in the products other than one was WAY more expensive than the other. You know which one it was? Yup, the Honest Company Diapers.

So basically my point here is that buying “organic” products and living a so called “green” lifestyle really can be hindering us. Another word would be tricking us, the “greener” companies are tricking us just to get our money by promoting there products by saying that they are “healthy for us” or “makes us green”, but really all these products have the exact same ingredients in them. So by buying the less expensive products we are still getting the fresh, healthy products that we hoped for.

Green Washing Post

Prompt: Do you believe CWU is a green/eco friendly campus? What are improvements the university can make to create a greener campus? What measures can students take to be greener on campus?

After reading the greenwashing slides, I struggled to find a unique prompt to discuss but I went to campus to study and the prompt hit me. Do I believe CWU is a green campus? Somewhat. I believe that Central works hard to be sustainable and promote eco-friendly ideas but I believe the school could do more. Currently the school has recycling bins, Zip Car spots (Zip Cars are cars that people share using an app), and even offers a sustainability major. Though these may seem like major accomplishments, CWU also has some downfalls when it comes to being green. The marketplace in the SURC uses paper plates to serve food and most of these end up being thrown away rather than recycled. If the marketplace switched to plastic baskets or regular plates  for students eating in the SURC, the paper waste would drop. CWU could also try to create sustainable housing. Humboldt State University has some residence halls/homes that are sustainable. Simple and not simple changes could create a greener campus environment at CWU. I believe that students can also be more conscious of green ideas on campus. Students eating in the SURC can ask for regular plates rather than paper and can use refillable water bottles since the SURC has fill stations at the water fountains now. If CWU students chose to make simple changes such as reusable water bottles and asking for reusable dishware when dining in the SURC, Central could become greener through a grassroots style movement, bottom up rather than top down.

Peer Review Comment

For my Peer Review Comment, I reviewed asinnersthoughts on food! I have left a comment on the original post and below is a copy.

“The main point of this contribution is found in this sentence “…it can cause a lot of shock onto your body because it is not the same nutrients”.

From reading this contribution I learned a lot about you. I personally think it takes a lot of strength and discipline to carry out this lifestyle and it would be very tough for me to change my entire eating habits to become a vegetarian. I am also relieved to know that I am not the only one with the common misconception of justifying all carb loaded foods because “I’m not eating any meat products”.

It would be good for a college student to read this contribution because some of us, including myself, think that being a vegetarian is only eating vegetables, however, you mentioned that you also eat pastas and bread which honestly never crossed my mind. I am also glad that you touched on the moderation subject because usually, most people think you’re really healthy because you are a vegetarian but like you said “I justified eating all of these” … (unhealthy foods) … “under the idea that it was in moderation and that there was no meat in the meal.”

The strongest part of this contribution, to me, was the part where you said, “I feel like this is a concept that we as consumers are not super familiar with and that’s why moderation becomes a back-burner concept to a lot of us.” It’s true, I think that everyone falls guilty of practicing moderation and most of us don’t even entirely know the proper way of it.

Something that someone my question about this contribution is when you said “I am a vegetarian and that can go wrong very quickly.” A few questions that could arise are:

How could being a vegetarian go wrong very quickly? Does this have to do with health? Money? Habits?

Aside from this, this post was generally good and easy to read and understand.

I did find a couple grammar errors which I’m sure were just you trying to type as fast as you could so you wouldn’t forget your thoughts (me all the time). They were both in the first paragraph, the first one came from this sentence “I did wanted to exceed those limits.” (want rather than wanted), and the second came from the following sentence: “Now that I am adult…” (Now that I am an adult…).

Your section on being a vegetarian made me want to read more on this topic. Maybe for the new year I could try it out (not sure how long it would last) but I am sure that there are healthier alternatives to eating meat (I mostly just eat chicken or seafood… so maybe I’m kind of almost there? Probably… not really…)

On a 1 to 4 scale where 1 is the lowest possible and 4 is the highest possible, I rate this contribution a 4 overall, because you answered the prompt in a clear and concise way, and made it personal. I hope that you have been able to practice moderation cautiously like you wanted to!”

 

Greenwashing Post

Prompt: What are somethings (in terms of consumption) that you have changed in your life to help impact the Earth? Are these decisions to be “green” or to just be a more ethical consumer?

Looking over my past, I think that I have tried to be a green consumer with most purchases that I make whether that be with food, clothing, etc. I have always been cautious about buying organic foods or knowing where my food came from because of the amount of chemicals that gets sprayed all over produce or pumped into the meat we consume. Then when I moved to Bellingham, I made the decision to stop eating meat and that made me feel better physically and it also saved a lot of money since all I was buying was vegetables and fruit. I also became better about my recycling vs. waste meaning that I became more in tune about sorting it correctly to make sure I could limit the amount of waste our household produced.

Even now, I am still a vegetarian and I am buying more plant based protein options, organic produce, organic dairy products, etc. Another small change I made was whenever I get a drink to go I try to avoid using a straw because straws are horrible for the environment when not disposed of correctly. It is not a subconscious action yet but it is something that I am trying to work on. I have also gotten my roommates (three other guys) to become better about not wasting food or producing a large amount of waste and it has been successful thus far. We have started a compost bin in our yard instead of just throwing out food and that is helping the soil become more fertile and produce more nutrients for a potential garden in the future.

I think that my decisions are both trying to be “green” and ethical because I want to do what is right for my health and others. I also think that it is better as a consumer to know where our food and products in general are coming from because as consumers we appreciate the finished product, but we do not always think about the journey of the product to get it into our homes.

Greenwashing

Prompt:
What does it mean to go “green”? How can you contribute to a green environment?

After reviewing the slides, I learned that greenwashing is essentially a market of products that companies sell as green in order to seem environmentally friendly. This can vary from water bottles that are made from 100% recycled plastic to organic pillowcases or recycled paper.

Going green is ideally growing to become more environmentally friendly through our everyday choices. That being said, you can contribute to a green environment by taking the bus or walking; recycling rather than just throwing everything in the trash, or using reusable bags when you go grocery shopping instead of plastic bags. By also investing in a water filtration system and a hydro flask it can help save the environment long-term even though the initial costs can be expensive.

Helping the environment is like saving pocket change, it may not seem like much at the time but in the end, it adds up quickly.

PUBH 209 SALG available… What’s a SALG? Read on!

Hi group – In case you’re unfamiliar with it, I use a course-specific Student Assessment of their Learning Gains (SALG) tool to give students a more meaningful opportunity to reflect on the value of a course, see what’s changed for them over time in the class, and help me support your professional preparation and academic success better.

This quarter I’ve finally been able to put my SALGs into Qualtrics (yippee me!), which will make the data even more usable and allow YOU more freedom to participate at your leisure. (Before this, I had to ask students to quickly write on a sheet and hand it back during our final session or later that day, and it sometimes got rushed or lost, etc.)

So, here’s the link. It’s anonymous, and you may feel free to keep it that way. However, the SALG allows for a productive course input opportunity and I would value knowing who’s thinking what, if you choose to add your name anywhere such as in a comment, “It’s me, Jessica, saying this…” or another way.

I appreciate your work and commitment to learning, and I am looking forward to spending time in assessing your recent work and course performance against the grading rubric.

Thanks in advance for engaging in this aspect of the course with me, and let me know if you have questions!

–Dr. P

Peer review

I chose Pharma Phost Prompt 2 by morgan7 posted on 11/26/17.

  • From this contribution, I learned that Morgan did not find anything interesting about the Pharmaceutical industry and this statement caught my attention.
  • It would be good for another college student to read this article and see if this other student agrees that Morgan doesn’t mention much about other topics like Direct To Consumer(DTC).
  • The strongest part of his post is that he was being on honest about none of it make sense and it was too vague to him.
  • The weakest part of his post is that he did not mention how the web page talks about advertising direct to consumer(dtc) so they buy and try new medicines.
  • I found that not providing the name of the website he visited makes it hard to know which FDA article he read.
  • I did not find any grammatical error.
  • One part that I had to read more was to see if he mentions about what caught his attention in one of those articles.
  • On a scale 1 to 4, I would give a 2.5 as he could have talked much more about DTC and not just FDA as that was one of the main topic in those websites.  How DTC is advertised by different means and the pharmaceutical industry depends greatly on marketing.

 

Glossary Building #5

With the growing price of pharmaceuticals, doctors visiting and medical procedures, in combination with the rise of chronic disease, many Americans have turned towards alternative forms of medicine. In fact, 40% of Americans use some type of alternative medicine.

To understand what alternative medicine, we need to define Western Medicine. Western Medicine is the main style of treatment used in the United States. A disease is fought using drugs, surgery, and radiation. This form of medicine has heavy military influences and looks at disease as an invader and something that must be defeated.

Alternative Medicine is health treatment not typically used by Western Medicine. Many forms of medicine fall under this blanket term. For example, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a style of traditional medicine used for over 2,500 years in China. This practice utilizes herbal medicine, acupuncture and tai chi to help treat/prevent health problems. TCM looks at disease differently than Western Medicine. Bad health in TCM is thought of as being out of balance and treatment focuses on restoring the natural processes of the body to their original balanced state. TCM is typically good for treating chronic conditions and addressing poor lifestyle choices.

Western Medicine: The main style of medicine used in the United States. It heavily focuses on biology and physiology. Treatments involve drugs, surgery, and radiation.

Alternative Medicine: A blanket term used for forms of medicine that do not fall under Western Medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine: A style of traditional medicine born in China. It focuses heavily on restoring natural processes and healthy lifestyles. Treatments include herbs, acupuncture and tai chi.

Peer Review

The post I choose to peer review was “Greenwashing Prompt and Response” by Kelsey. From this contribution, I learned more about the dishonest nature of greenwashing and how items often advertised as environmentally friends are not. It would be good for environmentally conscious consumers to read this because it highlights the ethical negligence and corruption found among environmentally friendly marketing.

The strongest part of this contribution is the Simple Green product example. This company markets their products as non-toxic and biodegradable but, in reality, they are harmful to both human health and the environment. One would also think that with a name like ‘Simple Green’ the company would have eco-friendly products.

I did not notice any spelling/grammar mistakes, but it did see errors in the author’s citations. Firstly, I believe the author used MLA format for the references but APA for the in-text citations. In addition, the source (Simple Green, 2017) is incorrect as it is cited from the Environmental Working Group website. The correct citation would be (Environmental Working Group, n.d.) for APA.

One portion that made me want to read more was the information from the EWG. The site made me curious to see where products I often use fell on their rating scale.

Overall, I would give this post a 3/4. It includes some good information and is written in an interesting way. I removed one point as I do feel like the author could have developed their thoughts on how products like Simple Green cause health and environmental issues.