Blog #3

After reading “Fashion and Sustainability,” I am sure that we live in a world that is pre-doomed for our future. At what point can we recognize that the negatives are hugely outweighing the positives? We live in a society where the only goal is to make more money. Well then why can’t we see that eventually there will be no way to make more money if there is nothing to even be physically made? After reading “Story of Stuff” I was baffled by the mindset of our business world as a whole. The mindset to sell products where they have a pre-determined short life expectancy, to where us as consumers are forced to keep purchasing more and more. So we are purposely polluting and wasting JUST so very few can benefit on the riches that come from this waste? For example, the iPhone. With the newest models, basic adapters of all kinds that we’ve all owned for quite some time, now do not work. We are forced to go out an essentially buy the exact same thing but just so it can fit to one new device. This is just wasteful. If we just took the small, short-time expense of being sustainable and efficient, then maybe in the long run we will finally become a stable world, with a positive foreseeable future.

I enjoyed Leyla’s TED talk because her view on sustainability is to be proactive instead of reactive. We need to start making products that create less waste. One of her examples that we as humans use everyday are refrigerators. She explained how the evolution of this appliance has grown in physical size tremendously allowing it to hold much more food. Because they are built to hold ample amounts of food and produce, this is causing so much more waste. She spoke how on average we waste 40% of our food. That is a prime example of how we as humans are over-consuming. This leads into the poverty reading. I was sort of pissed off while reading this article because it spoke about people in poverty as in that it is their fault and that they are the reason for our world depletion. I think this is bogus because they are living off the land because that is all they have! Maybe if our waste went to impoverished countries instead of landfills we would be better off as a world as a whole.

I decided to change my wicked problem from food waste to fabric waste within the apparel industry. I found that the apparel industry contributes 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year. I also found that every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is distributed into landfills or is burned. I never really thought about problems that channel specifically to my field, but after doing so it really made me feel as if I could make a difference.

 

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