Today is another design day and we are looking at how packaging works and all the elements that make up a simple package. We are asked to take an apple and using one piece of paper, make a package that could hold the apple’s weight. Here is what we finished with:
I feel this design fits the criteria very well because when we tested the basket, it could hold the apple’s weight with no troubles. Our “basket” was also easy to open and close as it had no lid but that was also a problem because the apple could fall out at any time. The basket also has soft padding on the side so if you were to accidently drop the basket, the apple should not take so much damage. The package was also very eco-friendly because it used recycled paper and the package could easily be used again. Overall, I feel this basket filled the criteria very well and really helps the environment.
Doing some studies, I found that the amount of carbon one emits daily is shocking. There are many different reasons why we emit carbon. For example, whenever we open a new product from the shop, rip up the wrapping and throw it away. That’s it, end of story. Actually, that piece of plastic goes down to a landfill and goes to the incinerator, emit a lot of carbon into the sky. If you have a bigger piece of plastic or wrapping, the more carbon is emitted. That is just for waste. Every time you go to a restaurant and don’t finish a meal, it gets thrown into the bin. That food goes straight to the landfill and since food takes years to decompose, the easiest way to get rid of it is to throw it into an ocean or again, burn it. If the food is thrown into the ocean, a wandering fish would mistake now toxic material for food and eat it. The fish would either die or become infected with horrible diseases. That disease could spread to other fish and eventually, they could die. So you are not only killing the one fish but many more. The burnt food is not that good for the environment either, it also emits carbon. The most shocking fact I found was about flying in planes. I realized that flying just one-mile releases about 24 kilograms of carbon. That is just for one mile. If you are flying a long distance flight, you are emitting a LOT of carbon. Sometimes, we take things that we throw away for granted, even if it is as small as a little chocolate wrapper but that one small wrapper adds up to something pretty big.
In the whole design day, I have learned a lot of new things. The biggest takeaway was learning how to use SketchUp. It has taught me how to design new things in a way that I had never thought of before. I feel my collaboration today was good as I contributed my ideas and thoughts during relevant times but I feel like I could have contributed a bit more. I feel my overall effort today was good as well because I managed to finish all the tasks today, even if they did not end up how I would have wanted them to. I need to make sure I have a proper plan in the future and stick to it instead of having to improvise at times.