Based off of the Fashion and Sustainability reading I found interesting the pros and cons and how they contradict each other. The cons of the fashion industry is that it poses the idea that people always want to ditch their old clothes for the new and popular clothes that are in style. There are many articles of clothing that I have that I have only worn a couple times before it was “out of style” and now I no longer see a need to wear them. There are also pros to the fashion industry. This industry pushes designers to be innovative and pose fresh ideas that haven’t been done before. Due to this I believe it could be used for good and push designers to create sustainable options. The article makes a point that this will be a gradual and slow change. Although designers like to take the chance and create innovative pieces, some people don’t like to wear items that are very different. I believe that slowly designers as a whole will start to create more and more sustainable articles for people to wear pushing more people to step out of the box and wear them.
I found this Leyla’s TED talk very interesting because she didn’t focus on how to solve the issues we have, but how to solve the issue before it even exits through product development. If we start to make products that cut down on the amount of waste we create instead of worrying about how to deal with the waste we have, it will help minimize the amount of waste we have to worry about. One example she gave was the refrigerator. Our refrigerator in our society continues to grow allowing us to stalk up on more food, when in reality we don’t need that much food because we end up wasting it.
Based off of the Poverty reading, I believe the word poverty will always exist, even if people get off the streets the people with the least amount of money in the United States will still be in “poverty”. Our culture views the ability to live based off the amount of money you have in your bank account. I find it crazy that $15,000 a year cannot provide a living for someone in our country. Due to our cultural mindset of consumption businesses know they can charge someone more money on a product that people “can’t live without” because they know we will continue to buy like the iPhone.
As an interior designer, I am very interested in biophilic design. The 14 patterns is something I had not heard of before taking this class. I find it shocking that it hasn’t been a bigger part of my education and designing based of evidence based design. The 14 patterns chart helps me, as a interior designer, better design for the needs of end users. I knew people are happier when they have more access to sunlight and outdoor aspects while inside, but I didn’t know of the connections with health factors. I am currently designing an P.A.C.E. Center for adults 55 and up and I plan to use these 14 patterns throughout the facility to provide not only a more comfortable space for someone but a healthier environment. It goes back to the TED talk quote, I am happier when I am well, and I am well when the environment around me is well.
After receiving feedback from Activity 2 I have narrowed done my problem from waste to waste created by construction due to my major. I am finding this quite interesting because I didn’t realize how much waste is created and the impact it makes on the environment.
I found the Story of Stuff video quite intriguing. Everything that we do as a culture is revolved around protecting our over consumption rates without realizing how much damage it is doing to our environment and us as humans. Not only are we depleting our natural resources faster than we can replace them, our factory workers that are making our products are working under harsh conditions. All of these negative impacts just for a new iPhone that’s going to be “out of style” or not working in a year or two. To me this makes me question, do I still want to be a part of this open loop system? We the consumers are the reason why they continue to mass produce these products.
My sustainable/wicked journey has grown during the short time of this class. Through the TED talks, readings, and personal research for my report, my knowledge has expanded. One thing that has changed in my day to day life has been adding meditation to my daily routine. Doing this has helped my attention span in class as well as open my mind to how my daily routine is affecting the environment.