Blog 8

This week I read an article called Human Needs. This article focused on our real needs, and our manufactured wants. We have our fundamental human needs, followed by satisfiers which are being, having, doing, and interacting. My industry is a good example of needs and wants. You need clothing and shoes for warmth and protection. The need comes in when you think you need more than you actually need. Fashion is an industry where consumers get wrapped up in all the pretty clothing and tend to buy more than they need.

I learned a lot from reading this article. I love fashion and everything about the industry. I have way more clothing, shoes, and accessories than I need. I understand that the apparel industry thrives on consumption. I do not overbuy on purpose, and I do wear all of my clothing that I purchase. Maybe in the future I can be more aware of my purchasing habits.

In class, my learning community and I had to come up with something that relates to our needs. We came up with an ecofriendly humidifier. We thought of this idea because of how stuffy and hot the classroom was. Not only would it clean the air, it could produce scent to refresh any area .This humidifier would be small, lightweight, and energy efficient. This would benefit classrooms, bedrooms, or hospital rooms.

The Little Brown Dress article was about recycling items. Alex makes all of her clothing, shoes, accessories, bags, and any other items from items that she already owns. This was part of a fashion detox she did. Throughout a whole year, she documents what she has worn. For the bottoms she mentions about 7 things, and for the tops she mentions about 9 things. I think this was a cool experiment. I do not think I could do this myself. If everyone did this, the clothing industry would not survive.

I really liked the IKEA’s Flat Pack House design. This design is 53 feet long and 14 feet wide. The house is less than $100,000. The house would provide protection, shelter, creation, freedom, and autonomy. I think this is a great idea. This would be ideal for college students, single people, and people looking to downsize. I really like this idea, and I could see a lot of these houses popping up in the future.

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