In Tim Brown’s reading on design activism, I came to the understanding that design activism is design which has intent for the higher good of many, including not only among humans, but all other forms. Its taking a step back and asking what the goals are for an industry, who benefits in the industry, who has the power, and who doesn’t have the power. Design Activism involves taking the answers to those questions, and then deciding if those decisions are wanted, and beneficial to natural and human capital. Active design has more to do with designing to create an ‘active’ connection to the natural world. The shirt that I’m currently wearing today I obtained from a thrift store. The human capital involved in creating this shirt, then having one person’s life cycle with it end and another begin has positive impact. This shirt has had a lot of use after being manufactured years ago, instead of the shirt being thrown into a landfill the previous owner wanted to let it be reused, and I the consumer decided to purchase the shirt at a cheap price to save money and because I found a attractiveness to the top. If the top wasn’t created ethically, that would’ve been the only thing that could have been done differently.
While there seems to be too many issues that need immediate attention now a days, I think hunger, and access to clean drinkable water in parts of Africa is the most important. Africa has potential to develop into a working market, but education is needed. However, before education is a priority, fulfilling basic human needs is the first step. Reaching out and addressing the issue is really the first way to tackle the problem.
My team’s Halloween Party included homemade decorations that were created with use of stems, leaves, and other natural elements. The party will provide finger foods to diminish any need for disposable silverware or plates, and guests will be asked to bring your own cup. Costume contest entrants have to have only use or make costume pieces that they discovered in their home closet.
Maria Thiry, spoke about AATCC, specifically about the sustainable practices that the textile industry needs to take on. Sustainability is based on three pillars, social, environmental, and economic factors. The first issue she explained to us was about “greenwashing”, or the marketing of a “green” product, that actually doesn’t follow sustainable practices. An example she explained to us was the marketing hype of bamboo textiles. The certain Bamboo textiles, while they may have been made out of some bamboo polymers, were actually determined to be manufactured with rayon, an extremely harmful (and illegal) unnatural fiber. Now a days, it’s difficult to really accept what is sustainable or not.