This week in class we had the LOLA show, which has several of my classmates choose a company that is going sustainable. Topics ranged from sustainable yarn, alternative leather, and having clothing made from the lotus flower. I think what stood out to me the most was alternative leather, because leather is used so much in fashion. I believe that if we are able to use other sources of leather, then we would not have to speed an animal’s growth to get the hide and they could be fed naturally. I also learned that there are a lot more companies going or have been sustainable to still achieve the consumer’s needs. I think that is really cool that people have taken the first step to do what they love whether it is making clothes or building homes and still keeping the environment a priority.
For the TED10 we talked about how to reduce waste, dematerializing and designing for durability. Dematerializing means that we may not need everything that we have. Creating less of something such as Q-tips, we can ask if we can do the same for material for clothing. Reducing waste at production, like cutting the fabric differently, can help designers not throw out as much as they normally do. On the journey to end fast fashion, designing for durability or creating objects to last a lifetime helps the consumer appreciate more of what they already have.
The second topic that stood out to me was designing to reduce chemical impacts. Having the fashion industry coming in second for the most polluting industry with all of the dying, setting, and washing. If we seek organic produced materials, creating non-toxic surface patterns, and replace the harm that dying does we can change the industry. Finally, designing to reduce energy and water is important because most of it is used during the use phase such as the life cycle of a t-shirt when it is washed and dried. To solve this problem, we can have t-shirts made with bamboo or hemp we can save millions of gallons of water.
I would adapt to these principles by being more aware of how much I am washing my clothes and maybe air drying them to save some energy.