I think being sustainable means to keep a good balance of using our resources on Earth without actually depleting our resources at an alarming rate. My thoughts on the 11th hour movie were not surprising. I was not surprised to hear that humans think that they are separated from nature. In fact, since the Industrial Revolution the human race has classified nature as just another resource we could use without caring about the consequences of our actions.
I was a bit worried when the scientists they were interviewing in the movie began to come up with predictions for what Earth will be like in the future. I thought the prediction of Earth turning into one of its sister planets, Venus, with its torrential rains and extreme heat was scary. Yet it was also not hard to believe Earth could one day become another Venus. They are relatively the same size and if humans continue living the way we do it will be highly probable for Earth to become another Venus. The documentary was helpful by supplying how the human race could better the Earth by changing a few things that we do. Humanity should be in a state of mind that looks to harvest and use renewable energy rather than depend on non-reusable resources such as fossil fuels. Even though the documentary was made in 2007 it is still highly relevant today ten years later.
I thought the Fashion and Sustainability article was interesting. It definitely peaked my interest when the author claimed that fashion was not necessarily an enemy to the sustainable movement. He believed sustainability and fashion could essentially co-exist and that fashion could be an ally of sorts. It did not fail to mention that there are indeed cons to the fashion such as implementing materialism in a society’s culture; however, I was more attentive to how they described fashion as another way to say innovative. I never thought about it that way but I did agree with that. It was then how sustainability and fashion could co-exist and that would be because to be sustainable you must be innovative and find new ways to do and create everyday things and innovation is fashionable. So long as it is done fashionably steady.
The Wild Thing exercise made me find something new about myself. I focused mainly on the detrimental effects of fast fashion and how it does nothing to help the environment. It’s just that I have seen so many documentaries and read articles about the effects of it that it irked me to see so many people still unaware of it. I also used the exercise to find out how much I abhor the fact that living sustainably or buying environmentally-friendly items, such as clothes, is expensive. If you want to buy a dress made of recycled materials it going to be 108 dollars or if you want to buy organic produce you will be paying 20 cents to a whole dollar more than the regular produce that has pesticides in it.
A big thing I found out this summer was how harmful everyday feminine products are, like the brand Kotex. The average feminine hygiene products that women use once a week every month is not just non-biodegradable but also harmful to our own bodies. Many of them harbor chemicals such as perfume and chlorine that could seep up into our bodies and have detrimental effects. When I chose to buy another brand that did not have the harmful chemicals and was also biodegradable I found it sad to know that I was buying a week’s worth of products for six to seven dollars when I could buy twice the amount of products for the same amount if I bought Kotex.
I also took the time to take the Carbon Footprint assessment and found that my Habbit was 11.6 tonnes. I felt like this was not completely accurate. It was important to take note that I did not have all the knowledge about my life that it asked of me. Considering the fact that I was insufficiently prepared I feel like my results would have diminished quite a bit. In the end, I still feel like I need to change some of my habits.