Designing intertwines with sustainability

As progressing students in fashion, we contribute to the use of including waste of textiles. The industry we have decided to push our future towards plays a large role in the environment and the safety in which we use object such as textiles, plastics, and other goods. Due to our constantly changing industry the commonly known saying “out with the old and in with the new” has never described an industry in a better way. We as designers are always going to be involved in the evolution and production of the textile industry, this means that we are going to and will be contributing factors to environmental degradation. This past week in class we discussed about being sustainable by design meant to us which derived from the passage we read. One of my favorite quotes in the text that really stood out to me was “fashion is merely a form of ugliness so unbearable that we are compelled to alter it every six months” – Oscar Wilde. There were many ways spoken about in the passage on how we should take precautions to reduce our ecological footprint basically resulting in we need to learn how to increase a products useful life. In realizing how I’m already impacting the environment through my use of fabrics just by being actively working on new projects in Apparel Assembly, I can already see a change in my precautions that I’m able to take in order to use up as much of my material as possible so that I don’t waste and have to throw away as much. I really enjoyed Tuesday’s discussion over this topic because I’m really passionate about sustainability in the design field of the fashion industry and I find it very impactful when known designers make it a mission to execute safety use and sustainability. More than anything I’m really glad that people in today’s time are actually waking up to the matter of taking initiative towards environmental safety precautions through all fields not just the fashion industry.

Reading about sustainability through a perspective in which argued that poverty is indeed a leading cause in environmental degradation opened up my eyes to new views although I must admit I did not fully agree with my designated argumentative side. While I could see how and why this argued ‘yes’ through research found in the practices often leading to soil degradation, landslides, and erosions. The passage argued that the base in which environmental degradation is related to poverty is through socioeconomic, institutional, and technological activities. What this basically stated is that most of the time, people who find themselves either at or below the poverty line have no control over their situation and are forced to work in unsustainable practices like farming and clearing rainforest for timber value. Often this leads to the mindset that environmental conservation is a luxury that the poor cannot afford. This type of thinking makes me think that someone who has never been in a socioeconomic situation must’ve wrote because there are many individuals that wish they could have a substantial impact in the evolution of the environment but simply cannot due to their social status. Poverty is a social condition which majorly can’t be manipulated by anyone besides the top percentage. This really got me thinking in the shoes of someone who could possibly have much less available to them through all aspects of life and me get into my thoughts about how there’s no way possible one could change their socioeconomic status over night unless through a miracle. While there is proven linkage between poverty and environmental degradation in conclusion could be altered to “uplift” the quality of life and the environment. I found the topics covered this week as one of my favorites because it taught me so much I didn’t know about the different perceptions within the field of sustainability and the interaction of economic status’.

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