Today was an interesting day for me. I had an opportunity to teach clients who are mentally challenged from Marshall-Starke Development Center in Plymoth on how to conserve plastic bags by making coasters. It was interesting how these clients were able to catch easily on how to make these beautiful coasters. The plastic bags that seemed worthless and an annoyance to most of us turned to be a valuable treasure. I yet have to discover how many more beautiful crafts could be made from these plastic bags. I appreciate an opportunity to learn and teach someone else how to make these crafts. I still can't believe how colorful these coasters were.
This blog initially began as a class project to 1) raise public awareness on the consumption of plastic bags; 2) apply students' statistical training and knowledge to a real-world issue in our community; and 3) instill a sense of personal responsibility that inspires behavioral, environmental, and economic changes.
The goal to conserve plastic bags has since evolved to include a multitude of environmental issues. Consequently, this blog largely chronicles a college professor's personal and professional journey to educate herself and others to live, work, and play in a sustainable fashion.