Here are the results from the survey I posted online. The results are in no way conclusive with only 22 respondents, but give a general idea on how we view waste.

It is no surprise that packaging and plastic were found to be the items that respondents throw away the most with the top reasons for why, showing that they cannot find a purpose for the waste. My hope is that the product I create, will show just how important it is to utilize waste plastics to keep it from entering our environment and sustain our precious resources. 

As for valuing products, the function of a product rated top of the list with the story/meaning of the product coming in second. When paired with the second top answer from the last question regarding product preference I discover that yes the story and meaning is important, however it will be overlooked if the product features and function are lacking.