The outdoor activity was a really fun break in the schedule for me. Coming back from spring break, it was a good way to slowly get back into the swing of things. Of course I woke up at 7 a.m. thinking we had class, so naturally I missed my chance on sleeping in and went to class when we did not even have it. Despite the shambles of that morning, I was able to really utilize this activity to relax the rest of the morning. My learning community split the activity up amongst our members. I was given portion two and also the portion of taking a photo of something living that is shading something, something living growing off something dead, and something fierce. For portion two I was required to write about a problem within the industry that can be fixed by utilizing nature. I instantly thought of the problem of dyeing and chemical use within the manufacturing process of apparel. An example of a way to fix the issue of chemical dyeing was to simply use the dyes from things in nature. I wrote that it would be really easy and effective to use the juices from berries and flowers to dye clothing. Continuing, for my photos, I simply went outside and looked for things that spoke to me. I was able to find a photo of a mushroom growing from a dead tree trunk. Then I took a picture of a tree shading a fence. Finally I took a photo a plant that was planted very nicely with pinecones as decoration for the fierce photo.
The LOLA shows that were presented this week were very interesting. This week there were a lot more individuals who presented over biophilia in design and cradle to cradle principles. This stood out to me the most. I really enjoyed Taylor Douglaas’s presentation. Her topic seemed pretty relevant and more of a relatable practice to people our age. My favorite presentation that was given was about the G-Diapers. The diapers are biodegradable and compostable. The brand G-diapers are also certified in cradle to cradle. I have a brother who is three years old and I know how many diapers that have just been thrown out over the years. This concept honestly is brilliant and I am surprised this hasn’t been thought of sooner. This is why this presentation was the most enjoyable for me.