Blog 6

The LOLA show talks overall were all very interesting and eye opening to things I’ve never even heard of.  It was awesome to hear about all of these different kinds of sustainable solutions in both the apparel and interior world. It makes me want to try them all out and tell people about them! One of my favorite presentations and one that really stood out to me was the stickwood presentation. It was such an awesome concept to me because I never knew that it even existed. I love that the wood is made out of reclaimed wood and that it is so easy to use. You literally peel off the back and stick it to the wall or floor. It’s such an easy process and I hope to see most homes in the future using it because of how easy and sustainable it is! It can be used in so many ways too, like sports floors, wall coverings, ceiling grids, wrapped beams, trim, and even wall art. With so many different uses I’m surprised it isn’t already super popular. Another one that I enjoyed was the sage vertical gardens. I think that’s another awesome idea that is so sustainable. It’s simple, cost effective, and uses 75% less water consumption. So that saves so much water. Having greenery around also improves our moods so the more vertical gardens around the better. The third one that stuck out to me was the Biophilic Design in the workplace. I related to this concept because its so true. Having no access to natural light can effect the brain and how we work and adding to our workplace can increase health. I agree with that completely because I know I definitely work better when there is natural light and not bright lights all over the classrooms. I enjoy doing my homework outside a lot of the time because I feel like I focus better in the natural light. So I could definitely see how not having natural light in our workplace could affect us. The last one that stood out to me was the Speedo biomimicry and sustainability presentation. It was so cool to see how Speedo came out with a fastskin line of swimsuits inspired by a shark. It works so well that its banned from the Olympics. That’s just a crazy concept to me that we can can mimic animals or nature itself in the apparel we make. I wish I saw more apparel like that in stores! Speedo is also making themselves a sustainable company by using materials that can be easily broken down and 94% of the waste do not go to landfills. More apparel companies need to start doing what Speedo is doing!

Dr. Armstrong’s speech was really good and enjoyable. She is one of my favorite professors so its always interesting to hear about her life and what brought her to this point. I enjoyed how she opened up her speech with a meditation exercise. I really enjoyed our meditation exercise we did in class towards the beginning of the semester so it was nice to have another one to start class off. I really enjoyed her speech on how she came from Guam and then moved to the U.S with barely anything and lived that way for several years. Coming from that made her learn to use her resources carefully and not keep anything that she really didn’t need. I always hold on to things that I don’t even need such as clothes so it was really relatable to hear that she used to do that too until she decided to get rid of every garment item that wasn’t her style. That’s definitely something I need to do as well. I hope to eventually be as sustainable in the way I live like Dr. Armstrong!

Number five of the Ted Ten is Design that Explores Clean/ Better Technologies. In this video it talked about replacing systems of production with less energy consuming and smarter technologies to reduce environmental impacts. One of the examples that stuck out to me was 3-D printing.  3-D printing is such an awesome thing and I never even realized we had 3D printing on campus. Another Ted Talk that stood out to me was number 3 Design to Reduce Chemical Impacts. The textile industry continues to be one of the most polluting industries. Some ways to fix that would be to seek organically produced materials, use mechanical technology to create non-chemical decorative surface pattern, and create effects to replace materials and processes known to be harmful. The third Ted Talk that stood out to me was number Four Design to Reduce Energy and Water Use. Energy consumption and water usage in the textile industry are extremely high and occur at each stage of the lifecycle of textiles. Examples in the production phase include exhaust printing and dyeing, dry patterning systems, and air-dyeing. Examples in the In Use phase include Design for no/low launder, short life textiles, and technical coatings to reduce washing.

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