Blog 9

The article about Tim Brown talked about using design thinking. Design thinking is all about designing for people, not for profit. Brown talked about how the products people would be buying are being used, not necessarily about how much is being sold.

Design activism can be used across any profession to meet the needs of people. With design activism, there is a balance between using products and not creating waste. The activity we talked about using design activism for a Halloween party. We talked about using food from a local farmers market, using decomposable plates and silverware, and using sustainable decorations.

Human capital is about people’s health and knowledge and how they benefit from this. I think about my high school, and how there were little to no windows in it and creativity was rarely found. Natural light and fresh air is good for mental and physical health. During high school, were were not allowed outside unless we were entering or leaving the building. Being outside, or even just soaking in some natural light can help with mental health issues and boost creativity and moral in students.

Last week, I remember a student talking about how Americans have so much clothing that sometimes we don’t even wear the same outfit twice, but in third world countries, they barely have clothing to wear at all. This got me thinking about my wardrobe and how little of my clothes I actually wear. She had a brilliant idea of being able to send our unwanted clothes to those third world countries. I donate to Goodwill frequently, but this got me thinking about how I wished they sent clothes internationally.

During the AATCC talk, – Maria Thiry talked about how some companies have all these claims that they are sustainable, but in fact they just cover up their problems. A field that surprised me with their sustainability level was the carpet industry. Carpet is almost everywhere in homes and businesses so it shocked me when I found out the industry was actually quite sustainable. She asked what level of environmental impact was the least sustainable and it blew my mind when she said that it was when the item was in the hands of the consumers. That got me thinking to how true it really was because we throw away so much products after we see that it can no longer be used.

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