Is Life with LEED worth it?

This past week was a blur and no matter my efforts of keeping myself from procrastinating on schoolwork things just kept popping up like getting sick, the distractions of knitting, new yarn is seriously impossible to ignore, and sudden weather changes, Why Oklahoma?! Needless to say having Thursday as movie day was a relief. Watching any movie serves as a good way to calm myself down and put myself into a totally different world no matter the subject matter. I watched “Arsenic and Old Lace” the other weekend and man do I love that movie, two words, Cary Grant. *Clears throat* Anyway, just as Cary Grant transported me back to the old days of murder and Teddy Roosevelt charging up the stairs watching the movie on LEED transported me to a new part of the world I currently live in. I had heard of LEED before watching this video and though I have to admit it really wasn’t clear to me how exactly it worked. I loved seeing a documentary that showed the average person and their opinions on LEED buildings and points, it made me laugh multiple times and also made me realize that though it was a smart idea and clearly can help the environment it isn’t working to help the vast majority of people, the average person. I don’t have money to spend on making sure the next house or apartment I live in has a garden on the roof or glues that don’t release harmful chemicals. My focus is on living life and buying what I need when I have to. The LEED point system seems almost childish to me, the points don’t matter in the long run, what matters is how people are living. Should people be focusing on getting some kind of point-based certificate when they could be really helping more people in other ways? The idea behind LEED is clever and meant to help the world but in reality our society doesn’t seem ready for it yet and the “southies” in the movie demonstrate that because no matter how nice a place is if few people can use it than how can it help?

The reading about Social and Eco-labeling by Malgorzata Koszewska is useful as it discusses how people feel about labeling and what they prefer which is usually a label with enough information that they’re aware of where it came from and what it’s made from. As Koszewska points out, the lack of transparency is a major problem in labeling and that bit of information is key for people in our industry to know so that labeling can be further improved in the future. Labeling is a huge part of the fashion industry and without them we’d be in an even worse place. Labeling based on the environment something was produced in as well as the social aspects of how something was produced are valuable and thus relevant to learning about our field and how we will sustain fashion in the future.

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