Posted on behalf of Strandedman
This week, we touched on two main topics, Labeling and LEED. Although I did not have an epiphany this week, I did learn about topics I was not familiar with. Social and Eco-Labeling of Textile and Clothing Goods as a Means of Communication and Production Differentiation was a difficult read but had a multitude of valid points. The purpose Malgorzata Koszewska’s reading was to make the public aware of the problems going on in regards to labeling and some of the benefits and weaknesses associated with labeling. Being an Interior Merchandise student, I wasn’t aware of the industry issues affiliated with labeling, such as child employment, forced and slave labor, long working hours and dangerous working condition. Some of the most useful information for me came when Mrs. Koszewska spoke about the benefits and weaknesses of labeling. Some of the weaknesses that caught my attention were that labels only covers a limited number of consumer goods and how big of a problem counterfeited labeling is. I was watching ESPN the other day and a commercial came on with a number of NFL players speaking about the problem of counterfeited jerseys and how they are not credible if not purchased legitimately. Being a huge sports and sports apparel fan, I personally take pride in my authentic jerseys and think counterfeited merchandise is degrading to sports teams in general.
In class on Thursday, we watched “The Greening of Southie.” This was by far my favorite video we have watched because it showed real outspoken individuals speak on a topic that is not widely understood and respected. I personally did not know much about LEED and after watching this movie, I got a whole new understanding of LEED certified. Throughout watching this movie, I found myself asking “is LEED certified really worth it?” Companies spend thousands to millions of dollars to be LEED certified but it kind of contradicts itself because yes, they may be using green/Eco-friendly materials but the transportation costs to obtain these green materials reverses their whole approach. An interesting fact was stated during the movie and that was, buildings waste more energy during transportation than during the life of the building. I do think construction and interior design companies need to find new methods of constructing and designing to sustain a sustainable environment but those methods should focus more on getting supplies and materials locally instead of points to be LEED certified. LEED has elevated itself to such high standards that it could be harming itself rather than helping our communities. Overall, this week has been very informative but at the cost of picking my brain.