This semester has flown by so fast. I cannot believe this is our final blog. I have learned so much over the course of this semester. At the beginning of the semester I had a vague idea of what sustainability was, but now I feel like I have a much better grasp on the concept. Sustainability to me is the practice of engaging in a lifestyle that focuses on protecting the environment. Sustainable design is designing with nature in mind. Whether that is through biomimicry or the use of sustainable, recyclable materials or working to reduce the carbon footprint of the design process, it is designing to better utilize our resources and to better our environment. I have learned that sustainability is about more than just recycling, but looking to nature for inspiration and reducing waste in all aspects.
I have realized throughout this course that I am not very great at being sustainable; in fact most of us are not. Since I came to that conclusion at the beginning of the semester, I have made it a point to try harder to live more sustainably. When we took the Habbit quiz to find out our carbon footprint at the very beginning of this class it told me that I need to recycle more. Since then, I have made it a point to recycle both at my house and on campus. Most of the time we just throw things out without thinking where it’s going. Now I make sure to stop and think before throwing something out. This class also made me realize how big of an issue landfills are and how much our industry impacts the environment. This was a shock to me. Going forward I intend to take the things I have learned from this class and try as hard as I can to spread the word about how important it is for us to practice sustainability. The earth gives us so much, yet we are continually hurting it. Instead of continuing our harmful practices, we need to look at the beautiful nature around us and start using that as an inspiration to design for a better future.
If I could learn more about one thing in the future it would be about how our industry negatively effects the environment through waste, and the steps needed to make a difference in this terrible cycle of hurting our environment. I am about to graduate and enter into this wasteful industry, and I would like to know how I could make a difference. As I apply for jobs, I will definitely be looking into the sustainable practices of the companies I consider. It is sad to know that fashion, something people love and respect so much, is such an unsustainable industry. I think if people realized just how negative of an impact fashion was making, they would reconsider their practices. So for now, I will try my best to share my sustainability knowledge with others.