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PHASE TWO: Environmentally friendly habits of students.
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Introduction


In this project, 150 Flagler College students were surveyed in regards to their environmentally friendly habits. For the first phase, student’s results were split into two categories: those that use reusable bags and those that do not. These categories are labeled as “yes” and “no”, answering the question, “Do you use a reusable bag?” In conclusion, 60% of students answered that they do not use a reusable bag, while 40% answered “yes”, that they did.

Result 1: Reusable bags   [Info]
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Students were asked numerous similar questions, such as “Do you believe plastic straws should be banned?” and “Do you think it’s difficult to recycle on campus?” Thus, for this phase of the project, the first comparison will analyze the connection between students that use reusable bags and those that receive food in styrofoam containers. Secondly, the following comparison will analyze the use of reusable bags alongside students’ beliefs about whether or not plastic straws should be banned. Following this, a comparison will be drawn between students’ use of reusable bags and their belief whether or not it is difficult to recycle on campus.



Comparison 1: Comparison between students that use reusable bags and purchase food that comes in styrofoam containers on a monthly basis.


The boxplot displayed below shows comparison students that regularly use reusable shopping bags and the number of times they purchase food served in styrofoam containers. From what these boxplots show, students that use reusable shopping bags tend to purchase more food items served in styrofoam containers monthly. As we can clearly see, the boxplots for the students that replied yes and no are very similar and only differ by a very small amount. To be exact, the students that claim to use reusable bags tend to buy food served in styrofoam containers are only greater by .5 more. However, there is an exception. Two students that use reusable shopping bags claim to purchase food severed in styrofoam containers twenty-four and twenty-five times a month. Overall when it comes to being a consumer of products it seems as though the students that do not use reusable shopping bags are overall more environmentally conscious.

Result 2: Boxplot: Reusable bag/Styrofoam containers   [Info]
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Result 3: Summary Stats: Students that use reusable bags/food served in styrofoam   [Info]
Summary statistics for Number of Styrofoam:
Group by: Reusable Bags
Reusable BagsnMinQ1MedianQ3MaxIQR
No9002410208
Yes6001.54.510258.5


Comparison 2: Comparison between students that use reusable bags, and their opinion on whether or not plastic straws should be banned.  


The bar plot displayed below shows the number of students that frequently use reusable shopping bags and the number of students who believe plastic straws should be banned. The bar plots show that the majority of students do not use a reusable bag. However, students do think that plastic straws should be banned. The result of the two bar plots are similar, yet inverted. 90% of students do not use reusable bags and 96% of students believe that plastic straws should be banned. The overall conclusion of these data sets are, students are aware of environmentally conscious decisions but gravitate towards comfort and convenience.

Result 4: Bar Plot With Data: Straws vs Reusable bags   [Info]
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Comparison 3: Comparison between students that use reusable bags, and their opinion on whether or not it is difficult to recycle on campus.

 

The contingency table displays the number of students that frequently use reusable shopping bags and the number of students who believe recycling on campus is easy or not. The pie chart shows that the majority of students do not use reusable bags, and almost the same amount of students believe that it is hard to recycle on campus. 91% of people found recycling on campus hard, whereas 59% found it easy. In the other, graph 90% do not use reusable bags and 60% do. As we can see the data trends are closely related in the ratio between “yes” and “no” answers. The overall trend in this data set is, the majority of students believe that recycling on campus is hard, and recycling is not a common practice outside of this community.

Result 5: Contingency table (with data)   [Info]
Contingency table results:
Rows: Reusable Bags
Columns: Difficult to Recycle on Campus
No, HardYes, EasyTotal
No553590
Yes362460
Total9159150

Chi-Square test:
StatisticDFValueP-value
Chi-square10.0186254420.8914


Conclusion


In this comparison of the opinions between the students surveyed who use reusable bags and those who feel as if it is hard or not to recycle on campus. It was found that the two groups compared shared similar, yet paralleling results. More students do not use reusable bags but tend to agree with more environmentally conscious decisions. Over 90% of students do not use reusable bags, however, about 90% of students believe that plastic straws should be banned and 91% believe that it is hard to recycle on campus. If a student is making changes to improve their recycling habits the number of those who find recycling to be hard on campus would diminish, and the number of students who use reusable bags would increase.

 

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Data set 1. Flagler College Students and Recycling - Jesse, Sh   [Info]
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