- During week 6, we focused on the power of eco friendly design. On Monday, the reading (for merchandising students) touched on the power of incorporating greenery throughout stores. This has proven to have positive effects on consumers and it is also a sustainable practice. On Wednesday’s lecture, we discussed how you can change the way many products are produced by just finding a more sustainable solution. For example, we talked about how much plastic is wasted a year on JUST producing toothbrushes. In fact, it is the second largest waste generation next to plastic bags. Because many individuals do not dispose of them properly, they end up in landfills where the will never decompose. So, in order to reduce this huge amount of waste, a company began producing toothbrushes out of bamboo. By using this natural, fast growing, biodegradable plant, it has helped to bring down the amount of plastic that is produced and put into landfills all over the world. It is simple changes like this that can have a major impact on the world we live in today. I feel as if the concept of sustainability is much simpler than many think.
- Monday’s reading was one that I enjoyed very much. As a merchandising student, different store environments are very interesting to me. As the reading stated, many consumers react in a positive way to seeing greenery in stores. This has proven to reduce stress while shopping and even increase consumer happiness. This is something that every store merchandiser wants to achieve and with the simple incorporation of plants, it can be achieved. It is an inexpensive and natural way to achieve the ultimate goal.
In Monday’s TED talk with Elora Hardy, we saw how she made incredible homes out of bamboo. This was just as impressive as it sounds, however, in many more ways than just the look of them. By using bamboo as a majority of the materials used, Hardy has made a huge sustainable impact. Many materials that are used to build homes are not good for the environment and by simply changing the norm, she has made beautiful homes that won’t effect the environment in a negative way.
When watching the video about the edible spoons, it also opened my eyes to see that simple changes in materials can have a huge impact on the environment. A company in India realized that a huge amount of plastic is used to produce plastic ware. As a result, the invented an edible spoon. Instead of throwing away a plastic spoon that isn’t biodegradable, individuals can now eat the spoon they are using. If they choose not to eat it and throw it away instead, the spoon is biodegradable and not harmful to the environment.
Biophillia is the hypothesis that humans have the urge to connect with nature and other forms of life. Many humans achieve this by implementing patterns of biophillic design. Personally, my three favorites are thermal and airflow variability, presence of water and dynamic and diffuse light. These patterns effect me in a positive way and I subconsciously implement them in my life every day. The benefits of biophillic design is much like what was discussed in the reading. It increases happiness and helps many individuals to feel relaxed and at peace.
- Eco design is basically the concept of keeping the environmental impact that a product has in mind throughout its entire lifetime. I feel as if this is important to implement in all production process across the world. If we were to produce more eco friendly designs, we may see a change in the impact we have on this earth.
When looking at the TED 10 principles, my personal favorites are design to minimize waste, design for cyclability and design for ethical production. I feel as if these three are perhaps the simplest concepts that can make a huge difference. By thinking and designing with sustainability in mind, our carbon footprint would undoubtedly be reduced.