Last week our reading on Cradle 2 Cradle was eye opening. In the article it mentioned metabolisms that are key. The first is biological metabolism this relates to the cycles in nature, and the second metabolism is the technical metabolism. That is including the harvesting of technical materials from natural places. This article expands on how products can be made up of materials that biodegrade and evolve into food for biological cycles or of technical materials that live a loop-cycle, that is that they can be renewed and reused over again.
I think one of the biggest problems is greed and money. When products are made with the intention of becoming obsolete in order to make more money, which is a problem and has disrupted these metabolisms. Also a culture that is very materialistic, and wants the newest and latest products can be disruptive to the metabolisms. When the article talked about “monstrous hybrids” I believe it was referring to the vast mountains of garbage in the landfills. After class today I know realize that all the food we throw away in plastic bags are not decomposing but rather remaining in the plastic, in landfills, and taking up too much space. This makes me consider starting my own at home compost.
Early farmers and hunter and gatherers were not concerned with space because there was plenty of it. Because they were not as knowledgeable on health violations and plumbing they dumped waste in streams and rivers and buried it in the soil. The use of toxic chemicals make designing for the biological metabolism challenging because it seemed that most chemical companies did not want to take part in the design. After having watched a short video on catalytic clothing I am on board with using certain chemicals in clothing especially if it is for a design like Helen Storey and Tony Ryan. The dress in their video was washed with titanium dioxide and this makes for fabric that can purify the air as we move. Something like this could really make a difference in places with large populations and really anywhere. If these are the kind of things people can design I say we continue to try to work with chemists and designers for a better tomorrow.