Cradle to cradle is the concept that a product is designed to function efficiently while at the same time designed in such a way that it can be broken down at the end of it’s lifecycle and that Every part can be upcycled/repurposed. We learned about the three tenets of cradle to cradle. The three tenets are: use current solar income, celebrate diversity, and waste food. The waste food concept has to deal with the two metabolisms. We tend to just waste our food by throwing it away without thinking of the environmental consequences sometimes. The two metabolisms that deal with this are biological (biosphere) and technological (techno-sphere). The biological metabolism has to do natural processes where the technological metabolism has to do with the technical processes. We learned about the waste hierarchy and the recycling breakdown. We had the opportunity to discuss reusing (using again as is) and recycling (breaking down of the product). I didn’t even know before this lecture that Adidas used recycled water bottles for their shoes!
We had a cradle-to-cradle activity, which was basically a quiz over things we have been learning in Sustainable Design. From the activity I learned a lot because of how much we reviewed. It was pretty much everything we learned in class that day. I learned mostly the things that were repeated a lot. These things had to do with metabolism, cradle-to-cradle, and more.
I looked up the most sustainable companies on Google. I looked on a few different sites and found these really nice and sustainable companies along with Adidas every time. I know a little about Adidas and what we have talked about in class, but that is about it. It has a whole category for its sustainable practices and how it implements sustainability in the company.
For the design slam we had, the problem was that there are problems with the making of apparel and the transportation. Some problems include: greenhouse gas emissions, manufacturing, transport, destruction of forests, chemical exposure, biodiversity losses, and human rights issues. We came up with Revision, which encourages sustainability. Our solution was to be more environmental in the store. We would integrate the store with antique décor and buy used mannequins. There would be on hand designers to help with fitting to the new clothes. There would be cloth bags instead of plastic, we would email the receipts instead of print them, and the clothing we use would have fake leather instead of real leather. If the manager is living sustainable, that is contagious. The manager will be setting an example.
While working in the learning community, we came up with good solutions to the problems given to us. But the other groups had some sustainable thinking as well. The first group’s idea that stood out to me was the robotic mannequin that can form to your body size and shape and appear to have the outfit on. This would show you what would look good on you. I thought it was a great idea. The second group was the energy saving college kids group. This group spoke about having competitions between dorms and apartments on campus to see who could save the most energy. It seemed like such a good idea because of the sustainability aspect and the incentive. They said the incentive would have been to give the winning dorm meal plan money added to their accounts or some kind of incentive that would benefit the students living on campus who had won.