Week four brought a new perspective of ‘closing the loops’ through our sustainability discussions. We were able to disguise new issues in a different way. This different way was the relation of our cycle we have manufactured for our society, and how to relate it to the earth’s natural cycle. By doing this we would reduce, reuse and become more sustainable.
While watching Michael Pawlyn’s Ted Talk, I liked how he began the discussion regarding what biomimicry is, and how we cannot compare to how incredible the natural senses of insects are. If we are going to make changes in the sustainability revolution, Pawlyn states a few things we are going to have to achieve to do start the revolution… Radical increases in resource efficiency, shifting from a linear polluting way of using resources to a closed-loop model, and lastly changing from a fossil fuel economy to a solar economy. Pawlyn thinks biomimicry can also help us achieve these things.
After reading Industrial Ecology & Closing the loops in commerce it tied all of what we have discussed in class and how living a more biomimicry style society would help solve so many issues, just like what Michael Pawlyn said in his Ted Talk. This article asks the question, “Why haven’t we always worked with something nature-compatible? Wouldn’t that have avoided a lot of problems?” It only took 100 years into the industrial revolution to pick up on this idea that was outside of our kitchen window the entire time. The article always brings up the idea the industrial revolution was the beginning of the unsustainable living issue, which vaulted past nature. We invented and used hydraulics, fossil fuels, gears, and internal combustion engines that helped build, dig and travel faster and stronger than ever before.
Reflecting on my current “recycle/reuse/energy/waste/buying” habits… I would say I do fairly well and I am completely aware of our global issue. Just this week I received my second tag on our recycling bin congratulating my house for always having the correct items in the assigned bin. When shopping at Wal-Mart I tend to always purchase food with the least amount of plastic packaging, use my purse as a grocery bag, hand wash dishes, and always take a lap in my home to shut off all lights and electronics that are not being used. To me, these lifestyle techniques are miniscule… But just like small production changes to a garment in the fashion industry when trying to save money, every little feature counts and saves thousands. If we all come together and make tiny changes under each roof, it will help conserve.
My favorite life principle from the article was ‘Be Resource (Material and Energy) Efficient’. Attaining the want to be in an industry that designs and produces; I will hopefully have the opportunity to contribute my sustainable ideas to new designs through garments. It is encouraging to see apparel designers that are exploring new and unique ideas will make the industry more sustainable. I feel as if this is a new transition for the fashion industry, just in the past five years at least. So, hopefully in the next five years we will new ideas that will exponentially boost our sustainable challenges.
C2C describes the concept that a product is a design to function efficiently while at the same time designed in such a way that it can be broken down at the end of it’s lifecycle, and every part can be up cycled or repurposed. I learned about the waste hierarchy, the difference between recycling vs. reuse and the two different metabolisms. The two different metabolisms are biological and technological metabolism. During our activity my learning community had to come together to accomplish the quiz. We had to collaborate over the discussion we just had and try to help each other remember the questions from the quiz.