Final Epiphany Blog
If you had asked me before I took this class what I thought sustainability meant, I would probably say something along the lines of, not wasting products in your daily life. Throughout this last semester I have learned sustainability is much, much, more than that. There is still some truth to my earlier statement but the definition is much more intricate. Now I would say that sustainability is and should be a way of life that turns objects back towards the earth. Living a sustainable life can look different for everyone. It can start at the most basic of levels like recycling, and can span all the way to “tiny homes”.
At the beginning of this course I truly thought that living “green” meant living like a hippie and giving up what I considered luxuries. I have since learned that is not the case. In fact, I would honestly say that in order for me to live a more sustainable life, I would not have to make any drastic changes. I have learned that I can start small and grow into the larger practices like composting. Another epiphany I had was that designing green meant only using simple fabrics. After listening and learning all about Biomimicry and Biophilia I learned that designs could still stay intricate and fascinating while simultaneously not harming our planet.
Knowing what I know now, I would like to see what materials in particular I as an everyday sewer, seamstress, etc. can purchase and reuse that would be effective. I am not, nor do I plan to be a designer, however I love small projects and DIY plans. That being said, with small things like that I don’t where I can get the “smartest” products or what stores or retailers consistently provide the most sustainable ones.
Looking back on this semester I can say that I have honestly learned a lot more than I thought I would. This sustainability course has taught me many things I wasn’t aware of. The most important lesson I am taking away from this class is that I don’t have to be someone “important” to make a difference or impact on our Earth.