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Glossary Post 5

For this week’s topic, I was excited to learn more about greenwashing because anything that can help me to be more environmentally friendly is a benefit. However, through the course slides and research outside of the classroom, I had learned more about the ethics of green washing and what is considered “green” and what is not”.

Greenwashing means “the concepts of “green” (environmentally sound), and “whitewashing” (to gloss over wrongdoing) to describe the deceptive use of green marketing which promotes a misleading perception that a company’s policies, practices, products or services are environmentally friendly” (Flows 2012). Greenwashing, because green itself is in the term, can sound like a good thing, but it is not. Many companies can promote their products as environmental and ethically friendly but in fact, they are not. For example, Tesla claims to be very environmentally friendly with their cars however, the batteries that are in the cars, are NOT environmentally friendly at all and cause a lot of damage to the Earth.

Another term that has to do with green washing that was in the course slides was lohasian. At first, I thought a Loha was an abbreviation for something and it turns out that I was correct. It stands for Lifestyles in Health and Sustainability. A lohasian is someone who has a lifestyle that is environmentally and ethically friendly with everything that they do. They buy organic foods, organic or natural care products, and any other services that match their life style choices. “Lohas represent 17 percent of the U.S. population” (Are you Lohasian? 2017).

The last term that I came across in my own research was volatile organic compound (voc). These compounds are “organic compounds that easily become vapors or gases…they contain elements such as hydrogen, oxygen, fluorine, chlorine, bromine, sulfur, or nitrogen” (Tox Town 2017). These are considered hazardous air pollutants because they are gases that we breathe in. They can also contribute to climate change when combined with nitrogen oxides.

  • Greenwashing: the concept of being green to describe the deceptive use of green or environmentally friendly marketing which promotes a misleading perception that a company’s policies or anything else is environmentally or ethically friendly.
  • Lohasian: Lifestyles in Health and Sustainability, someone who has a lifestyle that is environmentally and ethically friendly with everything that they do
  • Volatile organic compound: organic compounds that easily become vapors or gases

Sources:

Are you Lohasian? (n.d.) Retrieved December 7, 2017 from             http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/2006/06/are-you-lohasian.aspx

Flows, C. (2012, March 22). “Greenwashing”: Deceptive Business Claims of “Eco-Friendliness”.    Retrieved December 7, 2017, from         https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/03/20/greenwashing-deceptive-business-         claims-of-eco-friendliness/#4bada7223d9a

Tox Town – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – Toxic chemicals and environmental health risks where you live and work – Text Version. (n.d.). Retrieved December 07, 2017, from https://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=31

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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.

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.

Glossary Post 3

Moral obligation and self-identity

Theory of Planned Behavior

sustainable consumers

Moral obligation and self-identity- the process of knowing what we should do vs. how we view or want to view ourselves. This process is being aware of yourself and the changes that need to be done. What will allow people to fully make that change. What is the biggest barrier people face when they know what they should be doing? The first step is to acknowledge it, then the second step is to make an attempt.

Theory of planned behavior is the constructs of attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, & intention. This entails that there might be a relationship between the outcomes of peoples actions and the reality of their behaviors, intentions, norms and attitudes. If we cab improve a persons attitude and behavioral control, could that have an effect on their willingness participate in a desired action.

Sustainable consumers is a term that implies that a person is willing to meet their own needs, but does not lose sight of the needs of others in the long-term. There can be a balance. If people made conscious decisions that would positively impact not only themselves in the future, but others too, i believe that their would be a lot less stress and concern in peoples lives.

 

Greenwashing Post

Do you do anything to reduce your environmental footprint?

How can you improve/reduce your environmental impact?

There are things that I do that are helpful to the planet, even if they do not completely reduce my environmental footprint. This includes taking public transportation to school and recycling my plastic water bottles. However, I am not very good about reducing my environmental footprint overall. I do things that are harmful to the planet when there are other greener alternatives. I buy fast food or go to a restaurant and that food tends to be wrapped up in paper, foil, or it is placed in cardboard boxes, or Styrofoam containers. I don’t shop online often, but I do sometimes. My environmental impact increases with the transportation that is used to bring me those products. I also use harmful cleaning products to clean around my house, even though there are alternatives, and I use plastic bags in the grocery store.

Many of these things are easy fixes, all I have to do is make them a habit and I would be more green. I can take my own canvas bags to the grocery store rather than using the plastic bags provided. I can eat more at home rather than go out so much to reduce the amount of packaging that is thrown away, and I can mix up natural products to clean, like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon instead of using cleaning products that are harmful to the environment. Shopping physically in the stores also prevents the need for transportation to bring me my products. It is important to have sustainable habits so that we do not further harm the planet for future generation.

Glossary Post

  • VBAC- Vaginal Birth After C-Section 
  • Intervention approach to Birth 
  • Midwifery 

The choice to have a vaginal birth (Natural birth) after a c-section (surgical procedure for delivery through incision) is up for debate. Over the last decade, delivery by c-section has become increasingly common. In some states  women who previously had a C-section delivery are often denied the option of having a vaginal birth their next time. The reasons for this range from hospital policies, to a lack of doctors willing to do it. This is because of the possible medical and legal risks involved. It has been stated that a vaginal birth after c-section is not as risky as original assumed. Roughly half of women who had a c-section report being interested in a vaginal birth. By allowing women to choose how they would like to give birth introduces an opportunity for women to take part in their health care and invest in their bodies. This could make some headway into drawing more attention to women’s health and sexual health.

The previous term can fit in perfectly to the intervention approaches to child birth. Intervention approaches to birth are various assistance by medical provides in the process of pregnancy and birth. This can include c-section, induction, episiotomy, and VBAC bans. These interventions are used for specific medical needs and or hospital policies. Mothers who have of specific medical needs, or who have a birth plan can also receive access to midwifery services. Midwifes are female (usually) nurses trained to assist women in childbirth. They are there to assist women during and post pregnancy to ensure all birth plans run smoothly. Most people do not know that they qualify for midwifery services through their health care insurance. Many insurances in Washington state cover midwifery services. It is important for women, especially mother expecting new babies to be aware of their barriers, options and qualification. We must truly utilize our resources because to could alter our quality of life even in the smallest way. We should get what we pay for.

Sources:

http://beta.latimes.com/health/la-he-0323-hosp-vbac-20100323-story.html

Birth slides

 

Pharmaceutical Industry

Direct-To-Consumer ads. Have you ever seen those ads on TV all about the great medications available to help alleviate and protect against illnesses? Those ads that show people in pain and distress, until they meet with their Dr. who prescribes a magical medication that miraculously fixes all their problems? These commercials give the consumer the idea that their problems could be solved by checking out this new drug. This is what pulls people in. Who doesn’t want to be as happy as those people at the end of those commercials, right? So what is the problem with DTC ads?

After speaking to a close friend and roommate about DTC ads, we came to a few specific thought points. One point brought up in our conversation was the impact it has on consumers. These commercials may be guilty of pushing consumers to buy these drug products. Although these drugs be helpful to certain medical conditions, not all of them are necessary and not all are right for everyone. Like all other product commercials, the goal is to urge people to want to buy it. The question is whether this is right for drug companies to take part in.

Another point brought up similar to the last was the pressure doctors might feel to prescribe medication.  In some DTC ads they will recommend that the patient ask their medical provider to prescribe them a specific medication. At times doctors are asked by drug companies to advertise and recommend new drugs on the market. This could cause doctors to worry more about selling these medication, instead of being concerned with what is necessary for their patients health. This raises the question of the motives behind DTC ads and drug companies. Is there concern improving illnesses and medical conditions or is it the price tag.

I feel that not all DTC ads are terrible. From a public health stand point it is important that people can advocate for their own health. Our goal is to raise health related self-efficacy in our communities and guide people to where they can seek quality and efficient care. An FDA policy requires DTC ads to state at the end of their ads the most important side effects.  They also state where they can find the medication and whether or not they should consult with their doctor before choosing it. Although these ads push further consumerism in the drug industry, they are making strides for precaution by warning people or potential risks and how to protect against possible harm. These policies are great, but i believe in order to create a better balanced system we must continue implementing polices that protect consumers.

Resources:

Slides: Pharmaceutical

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/87/8/09-040809/en/

 

Finance Prompt 1

When I first saw that the topic this week was going to be finance, let me just say I was a little worried. For me, Finances have never been my strong suit. I never really was taught in high school either about certain finance topics that others were taught. So reading the course materials made me very informed and I was able to actually learn about finances. The first article I read was about student loans, and some tips on how to pay them off, and what to do when you do have a bunch of loans. One thing I learned, in particular, was that you should always start with paying off the most high priced loan first. And then continue to pay the rest, this way you will get the big chunk out of the way and will able to pay little amounts and soon enough they will be paid. The second article I read talked about what happens when a deceased person still has debt. I actually found it very interesting that when a person passes away and they may not be here, their debt definitely still is. When that person passes away, a loved one, relative or someone still has to pay the debt of that person. I found that astonishing, I had no idea that it still would have to be paid even though they are no longer here. The third article I read focused on what you would want to do with your finances and what you should know about how expensive they can be. For instance, starting a business, before starting a business you should do research about the certain business you are wanting to start; ranging from an internet company all the way to opening your own franchise. There are many things that come to the forefront way before signing any kind of papers. You must consider your financial situation, your abilities, goals, and most importantly if this is actually going to make you money.

Works Cited:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0401-thinking-about-buying-franchise

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0081-debts-and-deceased-relatives

https://ticas.org/content/posd/top-10-student-loan-tips-recent-graduates

Finances

Prompt 1

As a consumer we am automatically at risk  for some sort of financial struggle. As people age and slowly become more financially independent, more expenses tend to come into play.  Credit card offers, Schools loans, Personal loans, Legal assistance, Car Payments, Bankrupts, and more. These will most likely occur at least once in your life time. These things can be a product of disaster, enabling to accomplish many things and often make life much more difficult than it should be. Unfortunately young adult consumers are a main target for financial traps  because they are often much less financially knowledgeable and easier to receive money from (this is why young people receive so many credit card offers).  young consumers are the best consumers because of their willingness to spend money and participate in things that could possibly get them more money. This is what gets them in trouble. Not knowing how to budget, missing payments and not reading the fine print can put young people in a sticky place. This is when dept comes in. Not knowing how to manage your finances can leave someone with limited options of how they can live. By being more knowledgeable on things like how to manage student loans, apply for a credit cards and avoiding late fees, it could save someone a life of struggle.  The goal should always be to buy smart.

Student loans are one of the first things people experience when growing into an independent adult. Student loans are sometimes the only way most people can fully afford a higher education. The first time a student loan is taken out, we don’t have to think about how we are going to repay it because that moment isn’t for another 4+ years. But the truth is, we should always consider what we can do in the mean time. There are options. first, you can get acquainted with which loan or loans you have. You should learn what type it is, its terms and conditions, their interests rates, as well as what their grace periods look like. It is possible that if you begin to pay your interest rates sooner, the amount you’ll have to pay in the future can be a lot less. The grace period for most loans can start between 6 to 9 months, meaning you’ll have time to figure out what your financial situation is depending on the loan. what ever your financial situation may be, you may have options on what kind of payments you are able to make each month. when your financial situation changes, you may also have the ability to adjust how you make your payments. The goal is to stay in contact about your situation and try to NEVER miss payments. It is also helpful to keep in mind that if you obtain a job in certain fields such as, government positions, Non profit, public service, teaching positions, Americorps, peaceCorps, and more, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness programs. These could be extremely helpful in the long run. Knowing more about what your future may look like can prepare you for much more.

We also must watch out for ourselves when entering the work force. Depending on our field and position, we may be a risk for being taken advantage of by the companies and businesses we work for. We must stay aware of the rights we possess, what we are eligible for and how the places we work for “run”. This could avoid misclassification, mistreatment, lack of qualification/benefits and other unethical practices that could negativity affect workers. It is our right to uphold our employers to the laws and regulations that protect us as workers. We must be aware that our health and well-being is much more important than any amount of money or tax break. By being unaware mistreatment, could possibly enable workers from greatly benefiting from things they may qualify for. Doing the research could make a huge difference.

It is great to be a smart consumer. it could save you from a world of hurt and struggle in the future. If we take initiative and begin to use our resources for information and answers, we can avoid financial traps. to be aware means that you are using your knowledge to make smart choices. Choices that could benefits your future in very positive way.

Sources:

Financial Slides

P. (2013, August 23). A Crackdown on Cheating Companies. Retrieved October 30, 2017, from https://parade.com/49312/parade/100411-a-crackdown-on-cheating-companies/

Project on Student Debt. (n.d.). Retrieved October 30, 2017, from https://ticas.org/content/posd/top-10-student-loan-tips-recent-graduates

 

Early Life and Childhood/Youth

Becoming a new or expecting parent can bring various emotions. it is a happy time, an exciting time and a very scary time. Companies have a way of advertising products so well in our every day lives that we don’t even notice their presents. We don’t even know how we are being pushed to buy products, we just think we need it. Most expecting mothers and parents want the best for their babies and their children, so they are willing to get the best  or what they “think” is the best. A big contributor to a happy and healthy life is awareness. To be aware means to know your risks, know you options and know your rights.  Parents who are conscious of the products they buy, the care they receive, and the law and polices that effect their lives, will have a more positive outcome to the conception and birth of their children.  New parents are vulnerable and because of this, they are often taken advantage of. Every parent can choose their path, starting from preconception to prenatal to after birth. There needs to be improvement in the amount of awareness that is spread throughout every community, lower class to upper class to help new parents avoid unnecessary negative outcomes.

A resource most people, new mothers and parents do not know is that there is a high chance they are qualified for midwifery services. Most insurances, including Medicare qualify for midwifery services. A midwife is a professionals who specializes in Midwifery. They specialize in women’s sexual health,  pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum,  and child care. Midwives are a resource for new mothers and parents to use through the process of their pregnancy. Midwives can assist in creating specific pregnancy and birth plans for the mother, as well as after care for the child. This service allows a one-on-one care for the mother to ensure she is getting the unique care she needs to give birth to a healthy baby.  If people were more a aware of their eligibility for a service like this, as well as it process and benefits, they may be more inclined to utilize it. The benefits of using professionals and programs like these more could have a very positive impact on the health outcomes of expecting mothers and newborns.

For those who are trying to become pregnant and or are pregnant MUST  do their research on the medications and medical information they are receiving from any other source other than their medical provider. Although there are regulations for direct-to-consumer drug advertising (DTC), There is still an issue with falsely advertised medical products and information spreading around the wed. When it comes to fertility websites and clinic websites targeted towards women’s health, this problems becomes a bigger concern. Women’s health and sexual health is still a topic for debate when it comes to quality health care and access/availability. We continue to try and shine a bigger light on this topic and guide women to take control of their own bodies and health outcomes. If we allow inaccurate information to spread around the web, we are pushing women in the wrong direction that could result in serious health conditions and outcomes. By pushing even stricter regulations on DTC, it could help lead women to the web locations that actually provide accurate and helpful health and fertility information. The next step is to bring awareness to new mothers and women on how to access this accurate info and how to pick out what might be useful and what might be inaccurate. Women must be confident in taking their health into their own hands, and their has to be ways to ensure they can do that safely and effectively.

 

Sources:

Early Childhood Slides

Irimia R, Gottschling M (2016) Taxonomic revision of Rochefortia Sw. (Ehretiaceae, Boraginales). Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7720. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.4.e7720. (n.d.). doi:10.3897/bdj.4.e7720.figure2f

http://cfmidwifery.org/states/index.aspx