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From the Bay Area to Boston

The composting system seemed to have a dramatic difference between these two opposite coastal cities!

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When I moved across the country for college, I discovered the city of Boston was not as environmentally involved as my smaller Liberal community of Berkeley, this wasn't too big of a surprise. It was shocking to see a few of my different roommates who barely knew how to recycle let alone compost. When I attended a branding class in 2015, I decided to take this interest to the world of composting. Recycling was already on the climb, but our food waste can definitely make an impact. I am interested in the research as well as Steve Case's theory of the Third Wave. I'm brining my insight forward to share that there are far too many communities that are not aware of the significance or capabilities that composting (and even other methods of food preservations and consumption) have on our environment.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

For this challenge, I would love to see others opinions about the environmental impact. My interest in the way we serve and consume food has now grown and I hope this positive impact continues to grow outside of smaller communities!

Tell us about your work experience:

I'm a recent grad of Industrial Design at Mass College of Art and Design, working in product and UI/UX design and hoping to do more UX and impact design!

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Hi Miranda! Thank you for your post. I think it is interesting that there is so much variation in food waste recycling practices within a country.

Have you also noticed if there is also a difference in food waste recycling in other places, e.g. restaurants, workplaces etc? 

I am just curious if there is a knock-on effect. For example, if recycling in the workplace is common practice, does it lead to greater recycling in the home. 

Excuse my ignorance, but what is 'The Third Wave'?