Landmark #20: Exploring life cycles of the products we love
Being on the Pathway is not just an experience in nature immersion. Millbrook South Cavan Pathway Pilots in Lisa Noble’s Gr. 7 class took a deep dive into the “cradle to grave” (a life cycle analysis from creation to disposal) of their favorite products. As Sydney reveals, Landmark #20 is about lifting the veil on the production and disposal costs of things we use every day – to answer “who works on producing it, what by-products are produced and what happens to it after it is used?”
I am a student from Millbrook South Cavan Public School. Our class is taking part in the Pathway to Stewardship and Kinship project. It is working on raising healthy children for a healthy planet. What we had to do for our project was “research a product of any kind that interests you”. What can you discover about how it is made, who works on producing it, what by-products are produced and what happens to it after it is used?” Then we had to create a presentation to help other people learn what we learned.
We started off by watching “the story of stuff” then we all picked a product of our choice and had to answer all of those questions. I chose to talk about Nike Flex trainers and the most surprising thing I learned was that the bad part of making shoes is not just the leftover scraps that go to the trash but also all the bad toxins that go into the air.
I think that this is a really good project because it teaches kids if they should buy a certain product or not and if there is another/better option.