Sustainability is such an important topic this day in age, but it is also just as important to learn how to apply it to your everyday life. This week we participated in our first design slam, and the whole purpose of it is to practice applying sustainable design theories. For the design slam, we had to come up with an innovative solution to a global sustainability issue. Our learning community was given the problem, “Sustainable design looks at human civilization as an integral part of the natural world and seeks to preserve nature through encouraging conservation in daily life”.
Our learning community came up with the idea of “Aware-ables”. The idea for this product came from other products like the Fit-Bit and the Google watch. Basically our product is something that consumers can wear daily to update them on ways to be more sustainable throughout the day. It will give them more efficient routes to take when driving so they have as limited carbon emissions as possible, it will time their showers so they can save as much water, it will remind you if any lights are left on in your home, or monitor your energy use when it comes to the heater/ac unit, etc. Basically the job of the product is to make everyone more sustainable and give them ideas that they normally wouldn’t think of in order to be as eco-friendly as possible.
Overall, I think the design slam was a really interesting way to show students how easy it can be to come up with sustainable ideas. After hearing all of the other presentations, my eyes were really opened to different ways to be sustainable that I hadn’t really thought about before.