So I have always been aware of the phrase “going green,” but I honestly never gave too much thought to it. I always thought it was nice to think that there were crazy hippies out there somewhere spending all their time trying to “save the earth” and what not, but I never really thought about how, in fact this actually does apply to me, serves a purpose in our everyday lives and should be exercised by everyone on this planet. The Easter Island article was definitely what first really gave me a visual of what could potentially happen to our earth if we do not be cautious with how we use our resources. When Pointing illustrated how the demise of the civilization on the island was a “striking example of the dependence of human societies on their environment and of the consequences of irreversibly damaging that environment,” my mind was blown. We are no different then the islanders. Even though we don’t live on a tiny island with almost obsolete resources and statue building status competitions on the daily, does not mean that we shouldn’t exercise precaution when thinking about what we put in and out on this planet.
I found reading the Fashion Sustainability article after the Easter Island article, to be very uplifting, starting with no signs of cannibalism. The article not only revealed key issues in our industry that I was not aware of, but it also gave solutions that I found very encouraging. I had no idea of the “intensity of cotton production” that happens and the ridiculous amount of water that is wasted from it, but the plus side is that there are solutions. The article suggested that maybe finding a “substitute for cotton” or even just calling for “country of origin labeling on cotton” can help spread awareness and reduce the amount of waste.
Awareness was most definitely my epiphany of the week. Through all of our readings and discussions, I felt awareness was the biggest necessity. I know it’s a cliché saying, but awareness really is power. It doesn’t matter what job you have, where you are in the hierarchy of either being a buyer, manager, janitor or consumer. Everyone’s parts count, and having this knowledge of what we can do to reduce our waste and live sustainably, is huge. Half of the issues listed in the Fashion Sustainability article I wasn’t even aware of until now. And now that I do know how careful we need to be with our resources, I want to change.
Which leads me to my next segment, I would like to learn more about what else I can do to make a difference. I would like to be able to apply what I’ve learned, to my every day life and use this knowledge to spread awareness and change to other places. I am also very intrigued by how we can continue to come up with more solutions to our industry and make it a less “wasteful” outlet.