Scrapesbook - Tj Bjorklund

Experience: Saint Vincent De Paul Clothing Drop-Box, September 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 PM

Upon first hearing of this project, I was a bit disappointed with another long term assignment that I would undoubtedly wait till the last minute to do. I had planned to go through my closet anyway, considering I had years worth of clothing stockpiled into the depths of my childhood, so upon realizing that I could receive points for this, I was a bit overjoyed. That's over half of my assignment simply for doing a good deed - something that I was going to do anyway,  which so happens to help the environment.

For every piece of clothing donated, that is essentially one less article of clothing made, less CO2, less gas used for transportation, and less plastic used for tags and baggage. This small action helps reduce the amounts of materials transformed into clothing that will just sit in closets such as mine. In addition, though a small act, hurts the greedy corporate sweat-shop owners. That's one less sale for them! The sweat-shop owners could care less about the environment, so they use whatever methods they can in order to produce their "hard earned" cash, environmentally efficient or not.

Unfortunately, upon walking out of my car at St. Linus towards the drop box, my phone happened to die. I know, I know, you're probably thinking "likely excuse". I could have gone home to charge my phone, in fact, I heavily considered it in order to make sure that I had evidence for my experience, however, I decided that that was against the assignment. I would be using twice as much gas, effectively doubling the carbon footprint of the hour. I would much rather suffer a slight point penalty and help the earth rather than receive full points and get rid of the point of the assignment. I hope you can understand this logic, however, I also understand the logic of a teacher.

Global Green and Recycled Mobile Phone Market 2014-2018

Phone waste art

"Global Green and Recycled Mobile Phone Market 2014-2018." PR Newswire 30 Sept. 2014. Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources. Web. 3 Oct. 2014.Document URL

As of late, there has been a kick throughout London that focuses on recycling and reusing old cell phones. This helps cut down on the energy costs of producing phones, because remember, "everyone today" needs one, including our 3 year olds! By creating less phones, London is helping prevent the amount of toxic waste that goes into our landfills. Phones contain many environmentally hazardous chemicals that will begin to inflate the effects of Global Warming and plague whatever the chemicals may possible seep into. This plan will work with many big phone companies to obtain as many phones for reuse as possible.

The plan questions how many phones will be in the market for 2014-2018, and how big of an effect this will have on the market. Will they be saving money? losing? How much? I think that they'll be able to gain extreme amounts of money if they can properly refurbish the used phones, and in addition to the environmental success, have economic success!

If a quick search is done on Greenr, it is possible to see all of the information provided by reliable sources and then re-documented by students. It's great to see everyone's thoughts and opinions on such movements, especially when they're heavily supported by facts. An example of this, though not a re-documented piece, can be found below.

California energy... it's unforgettable

Windmills in CA

"New energy storage project being built in California." Energy Monitor Worldwide [Amman, Jordan] 1 Oct. 2014. Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources. Web. 3 Oct. 2014.

With every passing moment, California works towards more and more windmills. Windmills = energy. Therefore, California is working towards energy! They're not just working towards any energy, however, they're looking for natural energy found in the kinetic energy of the wind. For years we have been able to harness wind in order to power mechanics and such, but California will be taking this to a whole new level. By the end of 2016, the area where these windmills are being built in California are expected to create up to 4,500 megawatts of power only from the wind every year! According to, that is as much power as Nigera uses in a week! Imagine if the entire country were to adopt the idea of windmills everywhere. Imagine how much energy would be saved! Imagine how much more efficient we would be! Imagine how much money  would be saved! Most important of all, imagine how much we would save the Earth!

For anyone that says "we don't have enough money"... well, that's not true. If Southern California can build windmills through tax money and such, so can everywhere else! In fact, windmills can be considered an investment. It is approximated that a windmill costs for about 10 years. Every subsequent year after that is free, environmentally friendly energy!

If everyone had a windmill, the world would truly never run out of power. Maybe instead of focusing on who creates the biggest carbon footprint and blaming each other, we should take a stand. Create windmills. Create energy. Create a better future.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

I do like that you were thinking about saving gas/not polluting as much ...but I do need pictures of you dropping off your bags of clothes. (-2 pts) Other than that...great job. (Although there is a said 'great dead' instead of 'great deed') 48/50