Sustainability in fashion is one of those things I never really knew a lot about. Yes I have had professors that have talked about it in our classes but it was normally very short and I never really just understood why it was important. I just recently joined sustainability. I may not be able to give a lot of in class information on what we talked about because I joined late. Even though I have only attended 2 classes I feel like I have gained a lot of knowledge.
The first day that I had class in sustainability we watched the 11th hour in class. That really opened my eyes to what we as humans have done to our home. All I could think about is how not only are we harming the planet with our pollution and climate change/global warming but we are also harming ourselves to. I found it very interesting that asthma can be caused by pollution. I would have never thought about that. As someone who has asthma it was very eye opening to see how pollution has harmed me. I never really thought about this being apart of why I may have asthma. This video opened my eyes as to why we should look after the environment in which we live and why it matters to keep our earth clean. I loved the solutions that the video talked about for ways that we can address our problems and make our earth clean again. We need to follow nature’s example on how to live. I believe biomemicry is a very great way to do this. We should look to solve our everyday problems by looking to nature to solve them.
When we went to get into groups to work on the wildest thing paper I was excited and a little nervous to talk about sustainability. I didn’t know a lot about it and everyone else I seemed to talk to know everything about it. When we all got in the group together I learned that I wasn’t the only one that didn’t really know a lot about it. We were all able to learn a lot from each other. We talked about how it would be amazing to plant more trees on campus because they improve our air quality, absorb carbon dioxide and give us shade. We thought that planting the trees on campus would be a really amazing project for us to do as a class. We all agreed that we hate it when people litter, aren’t mad aware of the problems we face and don’t take global warming seriously.
I found the fashioning sustainability article to very interesting. I read in the article that textile workers in Bangladesh were paid 5 pence an hours to make cheap clothes for the UK brands like Tesco, Asda, and Primark. This really hit home for me because this summer I went to the UK on a study abroad trip with the DHM department. We passed a few Primark’s and I remember thinking I wonder why the prices of their clothes so cheap. It bothered me because I wondered if the clothes were made in sweatshops. I didn’t buy anything from there but did consider it a few times. I am very glad I didn’t purchase anything from the Primark because I would not want to support a sweatshop and all of the horrible things they do to their employees. I would love to see more brands supporting fair pricing polices, and country of origin labeling on their clothes. I would love to see more brands talk to the people about why we can’t support business that allow their manufactures to pay their employees very little to live on, allows them to work in dangerous conditions, long excessive hours, and to have child workers. I also found the part about cotton to be a very interesting read. It made me really think about cotton and how much we use this material. It made me sad and upset that cotton uses so much water. It’s scary to think that we use so much water to grow this material. Water is a natural resource and not only do plants need this resource to live but so do we. I believe it would be awesome if we grew more hemp than cotton.
The people of Easter Island and the dust bowl concerned me because it reminded me of how we as a society act about the environment. It made me realize that if people back then were not very conscious about the environment then how can we be conscious about it today. If we don’t teach our people about this then we will never change anything. We need to be educating our people about sustainability and how we can make changes to help our planet and our people.
By: Hayley Taylor