Closing The Loop

Each week in this class, I become more and more knowledgable on sustainable practices. This past week, our class’ main focus was on closing the loop between the Earth’s resources and waste. We learned about how biomimicry essentially mimics nature. Our goal, as humans, is to basically mimic nature, as well, and repurpose waste to the point where there is zero waste on the planet. I am not sure if this is even an attainable goal, but if it happened, it would certainly be life changing!

In class, we also watched and discussed Michael Pawlyn’s TED talk. This video also reflected on the issues of waste and sustainability. He speaks about how much we could benefit from using the ideas of nature in our own designs. I definitely agree that we have a lot to learn from the nature around us and if we implemented some of the aspects of nature into our designs, those designs would be extremely successful, as well as beneficial to our Earth.

I found the Industrial Ecology and Closing the Loop ready the most interesting. I had no idea about these concepts, but I learned a lot after reading about them. This discussed how we should gather and utilize our energy efficiently. This is especially important in our industry of retailing. We, as consumers, never really realize how much energy we use. We have control over the amount of energy we are using and whether we use it in a sustainable practice or not.

This week’s class material and discussion really had me reflecting on my own sustainable practices. Lately I have found myself going out of my way to recycle a lot more often. I’ve also been reducing the amount of water I use per week in an effort to conserve water. I also have been selling my own clothes instead of just throwing them away. I’ve also been repurposing my old clothes, which could be considered either up cycling or down cycling as we talked about in class. I definitely still have a very long way to go in my sustainability journey, but this class has lit a spark in me.

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