This week in we went more in depth on how to change the way we think when it comes to sustainability. During the responsibility mapping exercise, we discussed the difference of using a recyclable grocery bag vs. the plastic bags at grocery stores. Reusable grocery bags are a key catalyst to bring change to the sustainability challenge. Since I live across the street from Sprouts, it’s easy for me to grab my reusable grocery bag, walk over, and get my groceries. The issue I think is that people don’t always want to throw their reusable grocery bags in their car when they have to drive to the store, and I for one don’t use reusable bags unless I am specifically walking over to Sprouts. This is a good example of what could technically be the tip of the iceberg. Since certain sustainable practices don’t seem convenient to some people, any future sustainable ideas should offer a sense of convenience. I have a habit of grabbing my bags to walk to sprouts because its habit, but don’t think twice about grabbing it when I have to drive to Walmart. Changing my patterns can play a huge role in the sustainability challenge we face.
The Cartoonist article also created a different mindset on sustainability. His cartoons and designs were made satirically, but also inspired audiences to think outside of the box when it came to changing the way we live. He also explained that some of this innovative brainstorming actually ended up predicting certain things happening in the future. When we meditated in class, it helped me feel I could have a grasp on my future. It technically allowed my brain to live in the present instead of worry about the future, which was a beneficial experience to try. When meditating I pictured my family and a beautiful house on land with beautiful scenery. The health of my family, the cheap living costs of staying in my house, and the beautiful scenery are all things that are worth sustaining.
Biomimicry could be used in the fashion industry for sure. I like the idea of somehow copying the way CO2 is cleaned throughout the air by trees, and leafy greens. Clothing should somehow be able to do this in order to somehow counteract the harm that is done to our air supply due to clothing production. Janine’s TED talk made it obvious that Mother Nature is superior to humans. Animals, birds, bugs, plants, bacteria, you name it, have all been able to work on their own and thrive on our planet, therefore humans should learn from our oldest examples. I thought Ying Gao’s designs were super interesting since they kind of had a life of their own. I don’t know what was really sustainable about the designs, but they did change the game of high fashion.