This week we didn’t have usual sit-by-the-desk-and-listen-school, but going-around-visiting-factories-school. And I have to say, I think I learned a lot more from this week than two months in school.
We were at:
- a slaughterhouse (Nortura)
- a dairy (Tine)
- some unique mechanical bumper factory (Teeness)
- a candy and chocolate factory (Nidar)
- sewage treatment station
- recycling station
- heating plant/garbage burning central thing
It was actually super interesting to see how things are made, how everything is connected, the process of the things we never think about, where people work. I was pleasantly surprised how many rules are set (and followed) to keep things as ecological and green as possible, and how much that is in focus. I know that those who presented the places to us probably tried to shed the best light possible, but they answered all our question as good as they could and it was really enlightening to see how things really work, in connection to economy, customers and nature. Of course things aren’t ideal, but they do try, and things are slowly getting better.
If you ask me about which place I liked the most to visit, the obvious answer is Nidar, the chocolate factory. I mean, we got lots and lots of chocolate and candy and could buy even more for really cheap and it was delicious.
But if you ask me what gave the strongest impression and what I’ll probably remember forever, it’ll be the slaughterhouse. At the one we were at, in Malvik, they slaughter cows and sheep, not pigs or chicken. We got to see the rows of bodies being skinned, cut and all the other ways they treat meat. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t gross. It was really, really gross. Especially the bloody heads parted from the bodies with their tongues hanging out. But gross won’t stop me from eating meat. As long as the animals are treated with respect, I’m good. If I do one day move into the woods and live off hunting and gathering, I’ll have to handle gross. And I have to say, the meat is prepared professionally and they have strict laws they do actually follow to the bitter end, so yep, good. But if I ever go to the US or somewhere the meat industry is rather shady, I’ll probably be a vegetarian for the time being. The vegetarian options will probably be better than here anyway.
The garbagey places were also really interesting. Those are the ones that focus on environment the most. I learnt some new things:
- SMOKE DETECTORS ARE MARKED WITH THE RADIOACTIVITY MARK SO IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO NOT THROW THEM AWAY CARELESSLY BUT DELIVER THEM TO ONE OF THOSE ENVIRONMENT/GARBAGE/RECYCLING STATIONS WHO CAN TAKE CARE OF IT
- I repeat: SMOKE DETECTORS ARE RADIOACTIVE
- Don’t throw metal in the miscellaneous trash cans, the one with things that are going to be burned! Metal doesn’t burn and can destroy the grids! People have managed to put freaking washing machines in the miscellaneous thrash cans. It’s a lot more work to fit a washing machine in a thrash can rather than deliver it to a garbage station.
- You’re actually only supposed to put packaging plastics in the plastic trash can. There are different types of plastic.
So yep. This was my week. It was a lot of busing here and there, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed these visits. Remember to appreciate all the things that people work to make and do to make your life easier!
birds are so ridiculous how do they even all exist???
i dont even
things that dont make any sense
jesus christ is that a duck
some kind of prehistoric nonsense
holy shit where is your beak even birds, BIRDS