Waste Not!

I found this week’s reading to be very interesting. McDonough definitely caught my attention in his “Cradle-to-Cradle” article. It really made me think about just how wasteful we are as a society and how we continue to drain our non renewable resources for our own selfish desires. The materials we use and then throw away really make a difference when it comes to the “wear and tear” of our lovely planet. If all designers kept the biological cycle in mind when designing, we could reduce all of the toxins and harmful chemicals that we put back into the ground when we are finished using our products, as well as reduce landfill waste. I think we also have a bit of a “lazy epidemic” happening in our society today. We really don’t think too much about what happens after we throw away our trash or if we do we still choose not to do anything about it, so that leads me to my epiphany.

My epiphany for this week is that we are aware of ways to reduce our waste, but we don’t actually do anything about it and that must change. What good is a recycling bin for plastic bottles if we only throw them in the trashcan? We need to learn to actually utilize the different ways we have been taught to keep our planet clean and keep in mind that whatever we put in is what we get out. I think the G-diaper was a great example of this. Regular diapers take generations and generations of years to decompose while piling up human waste in a landfill, while G-diapers actually can be flush able and decompose at a much, much faster rate. So why not just try it?

I would like to learn more about material usage/ recycling that can be applied to the apparel industry. I think it is very interesting to see how creative we can actually be by using products or materials that one would not normally think to use, for example giving plastic bottles a second life or what not. (Maybe I have been watching too much project runway ;))

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