Wicked Industries

This week in Wicked problems we learned all about how our society is changing the functions of the earth and how specifically our industry affects our planet. I am genuinely concerned for the way of our world and how we are shifting into a society that is focused on the cost of goods to us versus remembering the cost that we take on the earth. This week was heavily focused on under and over consumers. It truly showed us how over producers are causing under producers to act in highly unsustainable ways. We are aiding in this by having these people create most of what our industry focuses on and in turn we are polluting their waterways, their food sources, their lively hood. It is truly saddening to witness how everything in our world has a snowball effect that is typically not a positive one.


I tend to always think of the Netflix documentary, The True Cost. The show focuses on how stores that are a part of the fast fashion industry as playing majors roles in destroying our earth. As a child, I always wanted to shop at stores such as Zara, Forever 21, and H&M. This is because they were the trendy stores that had exceptionally low prices that my mother wouldn’t quite so appalled by. Little did I know, that I should have been appalled by the price they were taking on my world. These retailers are some of the top producers of global issues because they purposefully are using low income regions of the world to make billions of dollars that are in turn producing no aid to people or the earth. Not only does this include the fashion industry however; these are everyday objects such as our phones, couches, flooring and more. Our society is filled with beliefs from these retailers that we need the latest and greatest of everything when in reality what is great should benefit everyone involved.


I am so sad that I personally cannot change the world and know that the only way it can be accomplished is through a mass effort to refuse to shop or work for these companies. They are mistreating our earth, and societies around the world.

By: Lauren Hammes

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