Blog 4

Blog 4

For my C2C project Haley and I decided to not have plastic mannequins but have green topiaries instead. It would help cut down on the plastic use and they could be cut to be any type of body type instead of a 6 foot size 2 plastic mannequin. We also decided to use the packing material the merchandise comes to the store in. For example, we would use the packing peanuts and naturally dying them to be a color and using that as a simple and textured background instead of having a wall. We would also use the boxes to give levels for merchandise in the window. Also we would not want to have a piece of glass in front of the storefront to allow for customers to be able to have a more interactive experience.

Biological metabolism is the sphere of natural processes and closing the gap in nature. Technological metabolism is the sphere of technical processes, which is closing the gap in your house and business. I try very hard to recycle as many things as possible that Stillwater will allow me to put into my recycling bin. I personally hate that I cannot put my glass wine bottles in the recycling bin. In a college town I would think that it would be easier to recycle glass wear. Since I cannot but them into the recycling bin I try to reuse them in different ways. I have made wine bottles into vases, I have turned some into glasses to drink from, I have also repurposed them as olive oil containers.

When working on this activity I honestly had a hard time thinking of things to use to make the storefront more sustainable. I feel like I had a hard time thinking outside of the box. I choose materials that each store would have at their access already and not have to buy or create more waste. The packing material used to protect the merchandise is just used mainly once just to get the merchandise to the store safely. However, the materials are then just thrown away creating waste. My thought was to try to reuse and repurpose materials that were already on hand. I am sure there are many other things out there that would be better to be used for a more sustainable storefront and I think that everyone has his and her own idea of what should be used.

I choose Johnson & Johnson because they are a major company and they are trying to reduce their use of water, energy, and waste. They are trying to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent. They are also working to reduce their water consumption by 10 percent and are trying to increase on-site renewable and clean technology energy capacity to 50 megawatts.

Our Design Slam I problem was the waste of mannequin plastic. 100,000 pounds of mannequin plastic is produced every year and sent to the landfills. We were given this problem because one of my teammates has designed a mannequin that is not made out of plastic. Most mannequins are made to be six feet tall and a size two. However, there are very few women that are actually that size and a outfit can look good on that body type, but does not mean that it will look good on every body type. The Humannequin is meant to scan someone’s body type and the mannequin will turn into the person’s height, weight, and shape. Then it will scan on the outfit to the mannequin and move so there person can see how the outfit will flow and look on her own body type without trying it on. Instead of it being made out of plastic it would be made out of new magnesium because it is the strongest and lightest metal out there. Many mannequins’ plastic breaks very easily, which leads to them being thrown away. However, with the Humannequin being made out of metal and mechanics if a small part of it breaks it just has to have someone come in and change a part for it to be fixed. This will keep the amount of waste in landfills down to a minimum. For the mannequin to be able to change its size it would use recycled rubber and expand and contract like the blowfish. Since a member had already had this Humannequin thought up and designed there was not much brainstorming to do. However, we did brainstorm on the type of metal that would be used which is how we came up with the new magnesium.

One of the other teams idea that I liked was team five with The Green Box. Their idea was to make a greenhouse as the store front instead of having mannequins. They planned on using recycled materials to be able to produce the greenhouse. They also planned on having senior citizens maintain the greenhouse. While, I like the idea of not having mannequins in the store front and having more greenery at the decoration to keep the waste of decorations down to a minimum they still have problems with their ideas. Greenhouses are typically very hot throughout the day and having senior citizens in there can cause many health problems for them. Another problem is that with just having a greenhouse in the storefront they could have consumers not know what they are selling. Most consumers are shopping for something specific and if they do not see that you have it when they look into the storefront they will move on to another store. The other group idea that I liked was team eight with the OSU Clothing Swap. I like the idea that students could swap their clothing that they have only worn once or twice for a different piece of clothing instead of just going out and buying something new. However, this is something that is getting ready to be in place at OSU. Therefore, it was not one of the most creative ideas since it is about to become a reality.

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