I really enjoyed the LOLA show and listening to all the different company findings that everyone in the class found. I like that we all had to tie in a company with our findings because I didn’t realize how many companies are gearing towards a sustainable direction. Here are some notes I took in class on some of the LOLA show projects that stood out to me:
Industrial Ecology with Leather
Asia produces the most leather waste in manufacturing. The reasons for wastes is because leather skin is never homogeneous and rectangular, leather at the side of the skin is generally poor, the shape of pieces to be cute are scarcely the same, and production delay does not allow the optimization of the arrangement. Bionic leather is natural leather without harming animals. This leather is made to measure and allows for minimal to no waste. It also requires less water and energy in the tanning process. Modern Meadow is a biotech starter, what is trying to create 100 % natural leather without harming animals.
Lotus leaf, water repellent, dirt repellent, and self-cleaning. NanoSphere by Schoeller is a technology process that allows fabrics to take in the characteristics of a lotus leaf. Problem is water usage when washing clothes. Benefits of the lotus technology is self-cleaning, less washing, long lasting, does not change comfort quality, oil, water, and dirt resistant, and less of a hassle. Possible uses are swimwear, active wear, restaurant uniforms, children’s clothes, garbage collector uniforms, and shoes/interior fabrics. The only thing different about this fabric is the structure, because the weave is a lot tighter than normal.
Biophilic Design in the Workplace
The interaction between an individual and their work environment can be a crucial determinant of both an employee’s success and happiness in his or her role. It also hold back creativeness. You see companies like google and apple that have these nature inspired designs.
Ultra-thin wood like paneling from reclaimed wood that can be placed in the interiors. Nature centered design is a design that is centered on and from nature. The process of creating Stikwood is taking reclaimed sustainable material, created an adhesive, reclaiming wood and avoiding damage, creating a safe finish. It can be used as sports floor, wall covering, ceiling grid, wrapped beams, trim, cabinetry, or wall art. It’s sustainable, safe for out bodies, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing.
Tactile from Interface flooring
Problem is carpet waste and adhesive, 15.9% of all textile waste comes from carpet. The adhesives that are used have harmful emissions. Tactiles are a carpet installation system created and used by interface flooring. It is bio mimicry because it is from the design of gecko feet. They were losing a lot of business due to being unsustainable. They have a program with fishing nets where they turn them into carpet, which shows the cradle-to-cradle effect. Geckos have the ability to stick to nearly ant surface while still being able to move around at free will, it is known as reverse adhesion or smart adhesion. It is bio mimicry because the design is based off geckos feet, and the product is sustainable because they do not use glue, they can be replaced in sections rather than the whole thing, and they are super durable so they last long.
C2C Eco-Design Lecture & TED 10
I liked that the lecture was interactive, I thought it was a little of a challenge with the videos because I felt as if some subjects were easier than others that we had to talk about, but it was interesting being able to also hear what other students reactions were to specific videos and how similar or different they were from my thoughts after each video. Three videos that stood out to me were 1. Minimize waste, 2. Design for recyclability, and 3. Design to reduce energy and water waste. I think these first two are the most important out of all of the videos because I believe implementing these two could reduce a major amount of the waste issues.
Dr. Armstrong Talk
I learned a background story from Dr. Armstrong that I did not know though I have taken her before. I found her talk very interesting just because our lifestyles were so different. The talk made me aware of how different everyone’s lifestyles are though we do not think about this. I think what Dr. Armstrong did with her closet; by only keeping the garments she was really attached too and had a special meaning to where she loved everything in her closet. This was a challenge to me because I am one who hoards things in my closet and has a really hard time getting rid of things. I think a main reason this would be so hard for me to do is difference is lifestyle and generation.