Blog 6:

Blog 6

 LOLA Show Learning Communities #1, #2, #3

Learning communities 1-3 conducted research about new products, projects, industry initiatives, etc., that implement the concepts of biomimicry, industrial ecology or nature centered design as an effort to achieve sustainability; basically answering what is going on out there that embodies these concepts and the topic should be related to apparel, interiors, or merchandising.

Learning community 1 presented on Industrial Ecology. All of the presentations honestly stood out to me because they’re topics I’ve never heard of or even read upon- so it’s all new to me. It’s absolutely insane that Hong Kong has 252 tons of clothing waste every day- NOT every year, ev-er-e-day. All of that clothing waste could go to the homeless people who are in search of clothes or people who are on the streets that needs jackets for warmth during the winter or tank tops when it gets scorching hot during the Summer season. That’s ridiculous and it has a bad connotation on the city.

I love how all the technology we have and that how it has improved, it also makes us improve on the things around us. BIONIC LEATHER guys. Not robotic either, but bionic- a step up from the classy leather but much more in touch with nature’s feelings. This type of leather is cultured in a lab-meaning that is it ONE HUNDRED PERCENT NATURAL LEATHER WITHOUT the harming of animals. That is definitely eye opening and a bit weird and crazy at the same time. The pictures of it look exactly like the leather made from animals too. I’m not sure if anybody has used it recently, worn it or even felt it, but I would seemingly want to know the characteristics of this “bionic” leather.

Nanosphere was also another one that stood out to me. A natural self cleaning material that mimics a lotus flower. What actually goes on is that the surface area of the fabric is so small that water can’t absorb into it. It will make your clothes for once, actually last longer and it will do what it says- not how most materials or articles of clothing that are wrinkle resistant, but are wrinkle resistant for only 2 wears or 3 washes- this self cleaning actually works. It’ll mean less washing, it’ll last longer, it won’t change the comfort quality of the garment, it’ll be oil, water, and dirt resistant and the best one yet…LESS HASSLE.

Going to be honest with you, I didn’t know Speedo was even still on the map when it came to swimwear. I haven’t seen many people wear them, no commercials, no celebrity usage, haven’t even seen them in stores. To make my case, apparently, speedo came out with a Mako Shark like suit. It started in 2000 and became very popular especially for swimmers. Was even seen in the 2008 Olympics and was stated that the suit actually made swimmers swim faster than usual- Mako sharks are known to be the fastest under water animal because of its backward like scales on their skin that glide the water through. It was then after banned from the Olympics and Speedo came up with other articles of garments to use the Mako Shark suit for- googles, caps, etc.

My favorite sustainable design presentation was Stikwood. That is definitely something that I can see on the market here pretty soon, if it isn’t already that people would actually take forth the effort and do. It’s creative, unique, beautiful, as well as affordable and sustainable. I thought it was very realistic and it’s something that I want to try out- knowing that I live in a apartment and I can’t make too many holes in the wall, but I’ve always wanted to try something creative that adds “my” touch to it- IT IS GENIUS! Seriously, sign me up. Who knew wood paneling from reclaimed wood, would be able to be adhesive like command strips and be light weight. It is also VOC free. Claps to this presentation and kudos to the creators/inventors of this amazing idea. I hope I see it on the market soon or can buy for not a whole lot of money.

I learned that 11.9 million tons of carpet waste goes into landfills every year and that 15.9% of all textile waste comes from carpet. I never realized how wasteful people are with carpet, but I see why a lot of people today when building houses, buildings, or new apartments I’ve been seeing Laminate or Tile flooring. I still like carpet, but cleaning up after it is a hassle and for people who move a lot or have such great turn overs of people living in places/areas with carpet, it would cost companies lots of dollars to get each carpet cleaned rather than just sweeping it up or a quick dab of pinesol.

Bio C2C TED10

  1. Design to reduce the need of consumption:

This strategy is about making stuff that lasts, stuff that we really want and want to keep and look after, and the design and production of textiles and products which adapt and change with age. This strategy is also about exploring alternative forms of design and consumption such as co-design and collaborative consumption. I feel that no matter how much manufacturers try to make clothing last, there will always..always….ALWAYS be a need not only for more clothing, but new clothing. Every season is different, every designer is different, and everything always seems to one up one another like every article of clothing is in competition with one another no matter how recent or new it just came out. People have an affinity for clothes so the need will always be there. Making their favorite garment last longer, sure, I guess, if that’s what you want, but where’d you buy that garment from? Yeah, that company wants you to come back and buy more from them, they have to make money as well and that’s what consumers do- is buy, buy, buy, spend, spend, spend-putting money in retailer’s accounts. With E-commerce improving substantially, the clothing sales have increased by 60%.

1.Design to Minimize Waste

This strategy encourages designers to minimize the waste that is created in the textile industry, both pre and post-consumer. It includes zero waste cutting and recycling but it also introduces the idea at the outset that we need to avoid producing stuff that doesn’t work, that people don’t want. I understand the Fashion Industry is the one of the largest industries in the world and the 2nd largest one that pollutes the world as well. We’re trying to get on the ride with the whole sustainability and recycling thing, but trying to produce stuff that people don’t want is something that is impossible. Why? Because there are over billions and billions of people on this planet, that means billions and billions of opinions, minds, different ethnicities, backgrounds, lifestyles, income, etc, so companies will always always always produce things that people do not want nor like- there is no avoiding that one so they need to go ahead and take that dream or aspiration out of their minds and move to plan z.

  1. Design for Ethical Production

This is about design that utilizes and invests in traditional craft skills in the UK and abroad. It is about ethical production which supports and values workers’ rights, and the sourcing of fair trade materials. It questions what ethical production means, and how it differs for each scale of production and manufacture. The question he asked was “How can designers encourage ethical production that supports and values people and skills?” That is a great question. We’re in the year 2016, almost 2017, it’s crazy that, that question should even be asked in today’s world. It’s ridiculous that this kind of stuff still happens where people can work 12 hrs in a day, but only receive 50 cents to a dollar to support not only themselves, but children and a whole family at home. If you are the designer or company and you are an honest person to yourself, family and friends, then when you manufacture or partner with another company overseas then you need to do your own research or go in person to see any ethical or unethical standards before they just start making you clothes- then you only in it for the money and you being money hungry and greedy. If you’re not 16 years of age or younger, then you know right from wrong and what IS right and what IS wrong- stand up for it. That is how a designer can encourage ethical production and support the cause.

Dr. Armstrong Talk

Having Dr. Armstrong as a teacher since I first stepped foot on the campus here at OSU has always been a delight. She is so insightful that it’s just a great feeling to know that a professor is so genuine and honest and so inspiring about her work. That breathing exercise really did help a lot though- I can say I didn’t fall asleep when she said “close your eyes”. From all this time knowing her, I didn’t know she was from Guam or born there or lived there.

I can definitely take with me in life that you will never have to work a day EVER again in your life, if you are doing what you love- because it would NOT be a job to you, it’d be your hobby, your passion. I can see that from her past life, experiences, from how she grew up, how it formed and morphed her into the aspiring woman that she is today. She is so powerful and I definitely want to be able to do the same when I come into contact with people- leaving my own source of footprint on them, making an impact on their lives.

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